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6

Softwoods

6.1 BALD CYPRESS (TAXODIUM DISTICHUM)

The Bald Cypress grows in the southeastern U.S.A. from coastal Virginia south through Florida to eastern Texas. It grows mainly in swampy wetlands, often rising directly out of a continuous water cover. The Bald Cypress can reach heights of over 120 ft, with trunk diameters of over 10 ft. It is very long lived, having several specimens aged at well over 2000 years. Bald Cypress roots often reach upward through the soil and water, protruding in growths described as “knees.”

The narrow band of sapwood is white, while the heartwood color varies from light yellow to darker brown and red. The wood has a combination of high strength, density, and hardness, as well as excellent decay resistance. These ...

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