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This tree is one of the 150 trees initially included in the arboretum to coincide with the campus's 150th anniversary celebration.

Scientific Name:
Taxodium ascendens


Native to:
Virginia to Florida and Alabama

Mature Height and Width:
70-80 feet by 15-20 feet

Additional Notes:
Pond cypress is planted in this artificial wetland because of its ability to persist under extreme flooding and to help anchor the buildup of sediment that will eventually accumulate around its base. Both of these conditions are extremely damaging or deadly to most other tree species but standard fare for pond cypress trees growing in their typical habitat.