Taxodium distichum 'Cascade Falls' / Cascade Falls bald cypress
Taxodium distichum 'Cascade Falls' is a fast-growing, spreading selection of bald cypress with widely arching primary branches and strictly weeping secondary branching. Foliage is deciduous and otherwise species typical. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen, depending on staking and pruning, will measure 10 feet (3 m) tall and side. Terminal branches will extend up to 12 inches (30 cm) per year.
This is a completely weeping form or ground cover that must be staked to achieve height. Other alternatives would be to train this plant to grow up an arbor or pergola, for example.
This cultivar originated as a seedling, selected in the early 2000s, by Cedar Lodge Nursery, New Plymouth, New Zealand. Larry Stanley of Stanley and Sons Nursery of Boring Oregon, USA is credited with making the U.S. introduction.
[ Stanley and Sons online website ] a weeping form of bald cypress. Leaves bright green on pendulous branches. Tree must be staked for height. Will make ground cover.
Seems to have marginal hardiness in Zone 5. Protected site suggested.
Taxodium distichum'Cascade Falls' original
Photo of the original specimen found by Cedar Lodge Nursery.
Photo by Unknown [Stanley and Sons]
Taxodium distichum 'Cascade Falls'
Photographed at The Gotelli Collection of The US National Arboretum during May 2006; Washington, D.C.
Photo by Dax Herbst
Taxodium distichum 'Cascade Falls' — a closeup of immature seed cones. Note that seed from weeping cultivars may carry a genetic propensity for weeping branches.
Photo by Angella McIntosh