Taxodium distichum 'Gee Wizz' / Gee Wizz Bald cypress

Nomenclature inconsistencies. Numerous variations in spelling exist with this cultivar. 'Gee Whiz' and 'Gee Wiz' (RHS database of conifers) are the most common. Gary Gee says he's always spelled it 'Gee Wizz.' For that reason, this is how it will be presented within this database.


Taxodium distichum 'Gee Wizz' is a mounding to spreading dwarf selection of Bald cypress. Foliage is similar to the type. Typical rate of growth for most areas is 2 to 3 inches (5 - 7.5 cm) a year resulting in a shaggy mound 12 inches tall by 24 inches wide (30 x 60 cm) after 10 years in the landscape.

Gary Gee of Stockbridge, Michigan found the original witch's broom from which he propagated and introduced this cultivar. He found it at Hidden Lake Gardens at Michigan State University in Tipton MI in 2006, as a somewhat globe-shaped broom on the parent tree along the arboretum's exit drive. Gary has admitted that he chose the name based on what he was doing at the time of discovery. 'Gee Wizz' is a very new selection and it is still too soon to know what its ultimate growth habit will be.

Taxodium distichum 'Gee Wizz' at Rossford Garden, Rossford, OH, USA.
Photo by John Jacob Vrablic Jr.
Taxodium distichum 'Gee Wizz' — the original broom at Hidden Lakes Gardens, Tipton, Michigan, USA.
Photo by Jonathon Marowelli

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