Taxodium distichum 'Pendens' / Pendens Bald Cypress

Taxodium distichum 'Pendens' is a pyramidal, large-growing form of Bald cypress with horizontal branching and drooping or nodding tips. Over time it will form a wide pyramid, although young plants may be fairly narrow. Typical rate of growth in most areas is around 16 inches (40 cm) per year resulting in a 12 foot (4 m) tall and 6 foot (2 m) wide tree after 10 years in the landscape.

This is a very old cultivar that has been in the nursery trade since the 1850s. Elie-Abel Carrière (1818–1896) was likely the first to formally record and describe it. 'Pendens' has been confused with Taxodium distichum var. nutans as Carrière used this name but not in the sense of Robert Sweet or other authors for the true variety. [NewPlantPage.com].

Taxodium distichum 'Pendens' Photo taken during summer 2002 at Plant Delights in North Carolina, USA.
Photo by Bill Barger
Taxodium distichum 'Pendens' - January Courtesy of Sandra McLean Cutler, author of "Dwarf & Unusual Conifers Coming of Age
Photo by Susan Martin
Taxodium distichum 'Pendens' - Knees and spring foliage - May 1st Courtesy of Sandra McLean Cutler, author of "Dwarf & Unusual Conifers Coming of Age
Photo by Sandra McLean Cutler
Taxodium distichum 'Pendens' Fall color of 30 plus year old Taxodium distichum 'Pendens' taken in the Harper Collection of Rare and Dwarf Conifers at Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton,MI
Photo by Dennis Groh
Taxodium distichum 'Pendens' The Harper Collection of Dwarf & Rare Conifers located at Hidden Lake Gardens in Tipton, MI. Photo taken August of 2005.
Photo by Dax Herbst

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