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TAXODIUM distinchum Bonsai

Swamp Cypress or Bald Cypress

Stock: Available

$4.10

Family: Cupressaceae

Characteristics: Pyramidal deciduous tree 10-40m m spread 2 m

Seeds per packets: Approx 15

An attractive bonsai subject this magnificent tree ornamental tree with a pyramidal habit. The fine feathery green foliage turns a stunning shade of golden amber in autumn making it a must have tree  for bonsai enthusiasts or in large gardens and open landscapes especially around waterways.

This species is monoecious, with male and female flowers on a single plant forming on slender, tassel-like structures near the edge of branchlets.
The seed cones are green and globular and are typically no larger than 3.5 cm (1.4 inches) in diameter adding extra attraction to this beautiful tree.

Grows in full sun to part shade. The swamp cypress originates from the wetlands of Southeastern United States and can survive long periods with the roots completely under water but also performs well in well-drained soil.

The main trunk is often surrounded by cypress knees that protruding from the roots above ground. The bark is deeply fissured and red/brown allowing the tree to breathe when the roots are submerged.

Highly recommended for autumn colour.

Although seed can be sown most of the year in Australia seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 18-22°C

Cold stratification is recommended
Cold treatment may not be critical for germination to occur in colder regions but should give increased germination rates.

This can be replicated by cold stratification in the refrigerator for 6-8 weeks. Alternatively over wintering in the garden in cold climates will assist germination.

  1. Soak in warm water overnight.
  2. Sow seed the depth of the seed width.
  3. Water with fine mist spray to avoid disturbance of the seed.
  4. Ensure the mix is moist but not water logged.
  5. Place the container in plastic bag.
  6. Place the bagged container in the refrigerator for 6-8 weeks.
  7. Germination generally occurs in 14-28 days when moved to warmer temperatures after the period of cold treatment.

General note: Seeds of many natives are dormant and require specific conditions or pre-treatment for germination.
Do not be too hasty to discard seed that does not germinate, seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural requirements for germination to occur. Containers put to one side will often surprise long after they were discarded.

General note: Seeds of many natives are dormant and require specific conditions or pre-treatment for germination.
Do not be too hasty to discard seed that does not germinate, seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural requirements for germination to occur. Containers put to one side will often surprise long after they were discarded.

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