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Life Along the Banks: The Bald Cypress Tree
Posted on Sep 29th, 2010

Located on the Brazoria side of the river,
near the old smokestack,
this Bald Cypress stands on the
river bank between
the 521 and 2611 bridges.
This Bald Cypress, (state tree of Louisiana) has developed a flat area on top showing that it is a mature tree. Capable of reaching 100 to 150 feet in height, most landscape specimens are rarely seen in this open form because they are usually much younger and shorter. The common bald cypress is an evergreen but acts deciduous as it drops its twiggy leaves in the fall, hence the name bald. You can call it a "deciduous" conifer.
 
 
Showing signs of fall, this Bald Cypress' needles are losing their rich green color and are starting to turn to "copper" orange then to brown just before twig and needle fall.
 
 
The oldest Bald Cypress is located at Big Tree Park in Longwood, Florida. Called “The Senator” tree, it measures close 18 feet in diameter and stands 118 feet high. The Senator’s age is estimated between 3,400-3,500 years old, the 5th oldest tree in the world.
 
 
 
 
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