Swamp Cypress (taxodium distichum)
20 seeds £1.35
5 grams (approx 32 seeds) £1.75
10 grams (approx 64 seeds) £2.75
25 grams (approx 160 seeds) £6.25
50 grams (approx 320 seeds) £11.70
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The Swamp Cypress is a large tree which may reach heights of 30-45 meters (100' to 150'). The trunk is usually buttressed and fluted at the base in extremely wet areas. It has a pyramidal-shaped crown when it is young that gradually becomes flat-topped with age. When growing in water, it has shallow roots that often arise from the soil in the shape of cones called pneumatophores, or "knees."
Swamp Cypress is one of the few conifer species that re-sprouts from the stump after the tree has been felled.
The seeds require from 1 to 3 months of pre-treatment to break down the dormancy and a seedbed that is constantly saturated. The seedlings have three to 9 (most often six) cotyledons are are capable of very rapid growth usually reaching 75 to 100 cm (30 to 40 in) in height during their first full growing season
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I have formed an alliance with a specialist collector of these seeds located in the USA. The seeds are collected from the state of Missouri at the northern end of the natural range for swamp cypress. The parent trees are very hardy and have endured temperatures well below -30 Celsius.
Germination, Sowing and After Care Information for
Swamp Cypress/Pond Cypress (taxodium distichum)
The seeds require from 1 to 3 months of pre-treatment to break down the dormancy and a seedbed that is constantly saturated. Several different methods are possible for the pre-treatment. Firstly the seed can be autumn sown in a very moist seedbed and germination will follow in the spring.
Alternatively seed can be kept soaked in water in a resealable freezer bag and kept in the fridge for at least a month and up to 3 months or they could just be placed in a container of water over the winter and spring sown.
Viability of the seeds will depend upon planting practices and initial weather conditions. The seeds must be sown in a seedbed that is kept constantly wet and this moisture maintained after germination for good growth. They are generally easy to germinate when proper procedures are followed, but adverse weather such as a late frost or a dry summer can make growing them a challenge.
The seedlings grown a long taproot and therefore need to be planted in a deep container to avoid root deformation.The seedlings have three to 9 (most often six) cotyledons are are capable of very rapid growth usually reaching 75 to 100 cm (30 to 40 in) in height during their first full growing season. Plants should be transplanted or moved to their permanent positions during the dormant season.
Although this is the perfect tree for planting in swampy, boggy or seasonally waterlogged conditions is is in fact capable of growing well on a wide variety of sites including dry and compacted soils and always growing best on moderately acid soils between pH 5.5 and 6.8