The bald cypress is a conifer—like a pine tree, it produces cones. Most conifers are evergreen, meaning they keep their leaves—or needles—all year long. The bald cypress is unusual, though. It drops its needles during the winter. Then every spring it grows new leaves that are the most beautiful light green color—and they're soft!
How to find the bald cypress at the Arboretum:
Looking at the Gotelli Dwarf and Slow Growing Conifer Collection sign, turn right on the road and follow it until it bends to the left. You'll see the bald cypress next to the small pond on the left.
Scientific name for bald cypress: Taxodium distichum
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