Taxodium distichum 'Pevé Minaret' / Peve Minaret bald cypress

Taxodium distichum 'Pevé Minaret' is an amazing Bald cypress selection that grows like a miniature tree; even at 2 feet (0.6 m) tall, its branching mimics that of a mature wild specimen. It develops a main leader with dense side branches and grows with a very narrow habit and will stay much smaller and denser than the species. The terminal branch foliage becomes smaller and tighter toward the ends, creating the effect of tiny minarets. A grove of these would fit in a small garden nicely. After ten years of growth, a mature specimen will stand up to 6 feet (2 m) tall and 2.5 feet (0.8 m) wide. This is a tree that responds quite nicely to pruning. A common practice is to reduce all lateral branches down to 2 inches (5 cm) on a yearly basis. This practice will keep the plant tidy and increase the number of minarets throughout the plant.

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected in 1990, by Piet Vergeldt, Lottum, The Netherlands from chemically treated seeds to induce mutations. This a selection made from the results. This was one of three plants selected in 2010 for the ACS Collectors Conifer of the Year program.

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Taxodium distichum 'Peve Minaret' The Harper Collection of Dwarf & Rare Conifers located at Hidden Lake Gardens in Tipton, MI. Photo taken August of 2005.
Photo by Dax Herbst
Piet Vergeldt (r) posing in front of a large specimen of 'Pevé Minaret' at the Oregon Garden conifer collection, Silverton, Oregon. On the left is Doug Wilson, the collection's curator.
Photo by David Olszyk

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