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Taxodium ascendens Brongn.
Synonyms: Taxodium distichum var. nutans
USDA Symbol: taas
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
This deciduous, 70-80 ft. conifer is narrowly conical or columnar with spreading branches and upright branchlets. The awl-shaped foliage is bright-green changing to a rich orange-brown in fall. The bark is light-brown and deeply furrowed.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Tree Leaf Retention: Deciduous Leaf Complexity: Simple Leaf:
Green Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Brown
Bloom Time: Jan , Dec
AL , DE , FL , GA , LA , MS , NC , SC , VA Native Distribution:
S.e. VA to FL & s.e. LA & possibly n. in river valley to KY Native Habitat:
Upland areas around ponds USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: High
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low
Soil Description: Moist, acid soils.
Conditions Comments: Extremely wind firm. No serious disease or insect problems. A gall which so commonly effects T. distichum is less evident on T. ascendens. Knees do not form to the degree they do on T. distichum. Adapts to drier soils.
PropagationDescription: May be propagated by seed. Success with rooting cuttings is variable.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: 90 days cold stratification overcomes internal dormancy.
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Texas Discovery Gardens
- Dallas, TXCrosby Arboretum
- Picayune, MS
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Record Modified: 2009-02-18
Research By: TWC Staff