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Louisiana State Tree

Bald cypress in Louisiana - click to see all state trees
Bald cypress in the lake at sunset © Louisiana artist Guy Fanguy
(used by permission). See All State Trees.

Bald Cypress

Louisiana designated the bald cypress official state tree in 1963. Unlike most conifers (which are evergreens), the bald cypress is deciduous (loses its needles in the fall - giving the tree a "bald" appearance). A majestic tree that grows in many parts of Louisiana, particularly in swampy areas.

Bald cypress knees in Louisiana - click to see all state trees
Bald cypress knees in the swamp © Louisiana artist Guy Fanguy
(used by permission). See All State Trees.

The shape of the bald cypress depends greatly on the amount and duration of flooding in the area. When located in swampy soils, the bald cypress forms "knees" with age that grow up from the roots, probably for stability.

Bald cypress swamp - click to see all state trees
Bald cypress swamp - photo by Ted Trovillion /
U.S. Fish & Wildife Service. See All State Trees.

Bald cypress prefer wet, swampy soils (on riverbanks, floodplains, or wet depressions) but are widely adaptable. Cypress wood is very resistant to decay and the wood is considered valuable for a variety of products.

Source:
Taxodium distichum - Bald Cypress: U of Alabama Huntsville
Links:
Official Louisiana State Symbols: Louisiana.gov
Cypress Knees in Lake Fausse Point, Louisiana
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