Taxodium distichum var. distichum
Bald-cypress, southern-cypress (Watson 1993).
Trees to 50 m tall and 400 cm dbh. "Bark usually dark reddish brown to light brown with shallow furrows. Branchlets mostly with leaves in 2 ranks, pendent to horizontally spreading. Leaves mostly narrowly linear, ca. 5-17 mm, laterally divergent, free portion contracted and twisted basally. 2n= 22 (Watson 1993).
USA: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia at 0-500 m elevation in brownwater rivers, lake margins, and swamps, occasionally in slightly brackish water (Watson 1993).
The official "big tree" has a dbh of 521 cm, height of 25 m and crown spread of 26 m, located on Cat Island, LA (American Forests 2000).
The tallest known specimen is in Carter's Grove, Williamsburg, Virginia; it is 44.11 m tall (Rucker 2003).
A crossdated age of 1622 years for specimen BCK69 from NC collected by Stahle, Cleaveland, and Hehr (Brown 1996). This is from a living tree, collected in the 1980's, and I visited it in 1987. The tree is in an area that has seen many hurricanes and all trees in the area have lost their tops repeatedly; as a consequence, the tree is hollow. It would be hard to estimate a total age for the tree, but it must certainly exceed 2,000 years and possibly 3,000.
Last Modified 2012-12-01