Baldcypress, a Missouri native, is a deciduous conifer. Unlike most conifers, it drops its leaves each fall, explaining the name ‘Bald’ Cypress.
Male flowers hang down 4”-5” in spring; female flowers are smaller and in leaf axils. One inch diameter cones develop in fall. Leaves turn golden then reddish brown before falling.
Bald Cypress is very adaptable where it grows, but it grows naturally in wet soil and areas which periodically flood. The characteristic knees; however, are produced only in moist soil. The oldest Bald Cypress trees in Missouri are more than 500 years old.