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Re: Spring cleaning - Bald Cypress

Post  jersanct on Wed Nov 30, 2011 11:06 pm

Randy_Davis wrote:I am at the northern edge of the Bald Cypress range here in Western Kentucky and they do grow differently here than in the far southern states like LA or FL.

I'm glad you said this, Randy. St. Louis is in their natural range, too, and our older cypresses definitely grow differently here than they do in swamps in the deep south. Here, it can be difficult to tell the difference between a bald cypress and a dawn redwood (obviously those do not grow here naturally) from a distance. I don't think people realize that there are different growth habits in different climates when they tell you/us that we're styling them incorrectly.

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Re: Spring cleaning - Bald Cypress

Post  Mitch Thomas on Thu Dec 01, 2011 12:44 am

From what I have learned in observing many bald cypress is not all trees will develope into a Vaughn Banting style flat top. The flat tops usually develop when they have competed with other BCs and other vegetation. In this setting they simply out live all others and when they reach a certain height advantage they then develope into flat tops. I have seen BCs growing in a red wood shapes that are much older flat tops that are nearby, just because they were not forced to.
So I think the argument of maturity is moot one in comparing flat top and red wood or round tops, it's all determined by the immediate conditions they are subjected to.
I have also noted that the trees that are standing in a flood plane or in unstable soil seem to develope a more pronounced basil buttress flares. They develope them to stabelise the trees structure much like a buttress seen in some buildings. Most likely where architechs and enginieers got the idea from. Some trees growing in a more stable soil are less Likely to develope them

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Re: Spring cleaning - Bald Cypress

Post  Russell Coker on Thu Dec 01, 2011 4:00 am

jersanct wrote:
Randy_Davis wrote:I am at the northern edge of the Bald Cypress range here in Western Kentucky and they do grow differently here than in the far southern states like LA or FL.

I'm glad you said this, Randy. St. Louis is in their natural range, too, and our older cypresses definitely grow differently here than they do in swamps in the deep south. Here, it can be difficult to tell the difference between a bald cypress and a dawn redwood (obviously those do not grow here naturally) from a distance. I don't think people realize that there are different growth habits in different climates when they tell you/us that we're styling them incorrectly.

That's interesting. But even down here, bald cypress and dawn redwoods can be really hard to tell apart when planted in the landscape. I have a client with an old tree in her garden, Christmas tree shape with a flared buttress base that I always assumed was a bald cypress. Then one day I actually had a chance to really look at it up close, and guess what - dawn redwood!

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