Taxodium ascendens (syn. T. distichum var. ascendens) Taxodiaceae
Pondcypress, Pond Cypress taks-O-di-um a-SEN-denz
- Deciduous conifer, usually to about 70 ft (20 m) tall and 15 ft (4.5 m) wide, narrowly conical or columnar, deciduous branchlets upright. Bark light brown, thick and deeply furrowed. Leaves awl-shaped, about 1 cm long, appressed to the stem or incurved, bright green, brown in autumn. Cones globular, short-stalked, 1-3 cm across, near ends of branches, ripening the first year and tuning brown.
- Sun, best on moist, acid soils; does well on upland soils. Reportedly"wind firm".
- Hardy to USDA Zone (4) 5 (somewhat less hardy than T. distichum) Native range from Virginia to Florida and Louisianan, mostly in more upland areas, however the two species my occur in mixed stands.
- Taxodium ascendens, Pond Cypress, is similar, but smaller, has shorter needles, and is less cold-hardy than T. distichum, it is sometimes listed as T. distichum var. ascendens.
- Oregon State Univ. campus: on the south side of Campus Way between 15th and 11th St.