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Taxodium distichum var. imbricatum
A large conifer to about 30 m tall, with a buttressed trunk that can reach over 2 m 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 Pond Cypress is found at low elevations in swamps and along watercourses in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. 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 7 to 10 or perhaps lower. Seeds should be soaked for 5 minutes in alcohol (ethanol) before sowing and cold stratified for 2-3 months after planting.