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Taxodium distichum var. distichum

Northern Bald Cypress

A very large conifer to 50 m (165 ft.) tall, with a buttressed trunk that can reach 5 m (16 ft.)in diameter. While young trees have a conical crown, older ones develop a broad, flat one. The deciduous, short, needlelike leaves turn an attractive orange brown in fall. The Bald Cypress is found at low elevations in swamps and along watercourses from Florida north to Delaware, Maryland, Illinois and Indiana and west to Oklahoma and Texas. These conifers--with tall, buttressed trunks rising out of gloomy, black, swampy water and crowns draped with long strands of Spanish moss--are one of the characteristic images associated with the deep south of the United States. Natural stands have been under much logging pressure in the past for their extremely rot resistant wood. In cultivation it is the perfect tree for the edge of a pond, lake or stream. It does well in most temperate climates from USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 5 to 9. Seeds should be soaked for 5 minutes in alcohol (ethanol) before sowing and cold stratified for 2-3 months after planting.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are average to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Taxodium distichum are not easy to germinate; initially cold germination is required to increase chances of sprouting; percentage is higher for fresher seeds. Seeds need to be soaked in alcohol for 10-20 minutes or so, because of the rasin coating. This step is followed by 2-3 month of cold stratification.The seeds will need near surface sowing in highly moist soil with surface water (occasionally) - clay was a better medium than peat moss. Many seeds started immediately to sprout following few days of warm weather - above 20C.
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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms

The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms
by Robert Lee Riffle, Paul Craft, Scott Zona

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Hardcover - 528 pages
11 x 8.5 inches

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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is the definitive account of all palms that can be grown for ornamental and economic use. Palms are often underutilized as a result of their unfamiliarity—even to tropical gardeners. To help introduce these valuable plants to a new audience, the authors have exhaustively documented every genus in the palm family.
825 species are described in detail, including cold hardiness, water needs, height, and any special requirements. Generously illustrated with more than 900 photos, including photos of several palm species that have never before appeared in a general encyclopedia, The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is as valuable as an identification guide as it is a practical handbook. Interesting snippets of history, ethnobotany, and biology inform the text and make this a lively catalog of these remarkable plants.

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