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TLC Flagship Garden Center - Memorial

105 W. Memorial Road
Oklahoma City, OK 73114

(405) 751-0630

Monday-Saturday | 9am to 6pm
Sunday | 11am to 6pm

TLC Northwest

8208 Northwest Expressway
Oklahoma City, OK 73162

(405) 720-0091

Monday-Saturday | 9am to 6pm
Sunday | 11am to 6pm

Shawnee Brave Bald Cypress Tree

Shawnee Brave Bold Cypress Tree | TLC Garden Centers

The Facts

Height: 50′ – 75′
Spread: 15′ – 20′
Sun: Full Sun
Water: Medium to Wet
Soil: Well-Drained
Growth Rate: Fast

Taxodium distichum, commonly known as bald cypress, is a long-lived, pyramidal conifer. It is native to saturated soils, seasonally flooded areas, swamps and stream banks on the coastal plain.

Although it looks like a needled evergreen, it is in fact deciduous (“bald” as the common name suggests). Flat, linear needles are yellow-green in spring, medium to dark green in summer and reddish-brown in fall. Needles drop shortly thereafter. Round cones (to 1” across) are green in summer before turning a stunning brown with maturity. Reddish-brown bark exfoliates in strips. Root system “knees” only appear on plants growing in water. ‘Mickelson’, commonly sold in commerce under the trade name of ‘Shawnee Brave’, is a narrow pyramidal cultivar that typically grows with a strong central leader to 50-75’ tall and only 15-20’ wide. It has a narrower shape and denser foliage than other bald cypress.

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