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Taxodium distichum var. mexicanum is often confused with:
Taxodium distichum Taxodium distichum
Taxodium distichum var. imbricarium 'Nutans' Form
Native alternative(s) for Taxodium distichum var. mexicanum:
Taxodium distichum Taxodium distichum
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Saururus cernuus Saururus cernuus
Taxodium distichum Taxodium distichum
Ilex verticillata ilex verticillata fruit and leaves
Taxodium distichum var. mexicanum has some common insect problems:
Bagworms in Ornamental Landscapes

Taxodium distichum var. mexicanum

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taks-OH-dee-um dye-STICK-um mecks-ih-KAY-nuh
Description

A good street tree that tolerates wet sites.  It is broadly spreading, branches slightly bowed, with long, arching shoots.

It prefers sun and can grow in a range of soil types including damp soil.  It is also drought tolerant.  This species has been known to tolerate flooded conditions for extended periods of time.

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#deciduous#conifer#fall interest#wet sites#flooding#cpp#wetland#wet soils tolerant
 
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#deciduous#conifer#fall interest#wet sites#flooding#cpp#wetland#wet soils tolerant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Taxodium
    Species:
    distichum
    Family:
    Cupressaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    S. Texas to Guatemala
    Wildlife Value:
    Attracts Birds
    Play Value:
    Wildlife Food Source
    Dimensions:
    Height: 60 ft. 0 in. - 80 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 20 ft. 0 in. - 40 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Tree
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Arching
    Broad
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil Drainage:
    Frequent Standing Water
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Wet
    Available Space To Plant:
    24-60 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Green
    Fruit Length:
    1-3 inches
    Fruit Width:
    1-3 inches
    Fruit Description:
    No fruits, 2" cones
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Leaf Type:
    Needles
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Acicular
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Thin, feathery leaves in two rows down each branch.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Bowed branches
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Lawn
    Naturalized Area
    Pond
    Design Feature:
    Specimen
    Street Tree
    Attracts:
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought
    Wet Soil