Taxodium distichum - Swamp Cypress


  • An unusual, upright shrub from South-America that has trumpet-like, small, pink flowers in May. Followed on from the flowering are masses of blue-violet coloured fruits which remain on the branches until mid-Winter and look very attractive. An evergreen plant with small, dark green leaves, and spines in-between. Ideal against a wall, near the house or at a garden entrance where it is protected from cold winds. It is hardy enough for most of the UK  over winter without protection. It is also an ideal bonsai subject, and can be trimmed.


Other common names:   -
Native to:                                                             Chile, Argentina
Family:                                                                 Myrtaceae (Myrtus Family)
Habit (UK conditions):                                          Upright, evergreen shrub
Max. size in 10 years:                                           3m x 2m
Main value:                                                           Flowers and fruits
Flower colour:                                                      Pink
Flowering period:                                                 May-June
Autumn coloration:   -
Preferences:                                                        Neutral or acidic, fertile soil, full sun
Hardiness:                                                            Hardy to around -10C
Is it edible?                                                          Not known to us


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