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Arboretum
"A man does not plant a tree for himself, he plants it for posterity." - Alexander Smith   
Bald Cypress
(Taxodium distichum)

Donated by Farmers & Merchants Bank of Nashville, IL
Tree Map Location: # 15


Bald Cypress tree Bald Cypress bark Bald Cypress leaves Bald Cypress fruit Bald Cypress nut


Leaf: Linear and small, 1/4 to 3/4 inch long, generally appearing two-ranked. When growing on deciduous branchlets the leaf-deciduous branchlet structure resembles a feathery pinnately (or bi-pinnately) compound leaf; green to yellow-green.  
Flower: Males in drooping, long panicles; females are subglobose, have peltate scales, and tend to occur near the end of branches.  
Fruit: Cones are composed of peltate scales forming a woody, brown sphere with rough surfaces, 3/4 to 1 inch in diameter; cones disintegrate into irregular seeds.  
Twig: May be deciduous or not; non-deciduous twigs are slender, alternate, brown, rough, with round buds near the end of the twig; deciduous twigs are two-ranked, resembling pinnately compound leaves.  
Bark: Fibrous, red-brown but may be gray where exposed to the weather; old, thick bark may appear somewhat scaly.  
Form: A large tree with a pyramid-shaped crown, cylindrical bole, fluted or buttressed base and often with knees.  
Source: College of Natural Resource Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University  
Website: http://www.cnr.vt.edu/dendro

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