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Cave Hill Baldcypress*

Taxodium distichum 'Cave Hill'

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Cave Hill Baldcypress (Taxodium distichum 'Cave Hill') at Oakland Nurseries Inc

Cave Hill Baldcypress

Cave Hill Baldcypress

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* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  4 feet

Spread:  6 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  5a

Description:

A truly unique deciduous conifer; dark green foliage and a dense rounded habit, narrow leaves turn deep orange in fall; a real standout for any landscape; best used as a solitary or as a larger accent in the garden; tolerates standing water

Ornamental Features

Cave Hill Baldcypress has dark green foliage throughout the season. The ferny bipinnately compound leaves turn an outstanding orange in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. The shaggy indian red bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Cave Hill Baldcypress is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a mounded form. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which can make it a great accent feature on this basis alone.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Cave Hill Baldcypress is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Cave Hill Baldcypress will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. It has a low canopy. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 60 years or more.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It is an amazingly adaptable plant, tolerating both dry conditions and even some standing water. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for acidic soils, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the leaves in alkaline soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selection of a native North American species.

Cave Hill Baldcypress makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

 
 
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Characteristics
Accent  Rock  Garden  Container 
Applications
Fall Color  Texture  Plant Form  Bark 
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