Taxodium distichum 'Pevé Minaret' / Pevé 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 nicely in a small garden. 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 of 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.

Taxodium distichum 'Pevé Minaret' — a mature, unpruned specimen in a private garden in central Michigan.
Photo by Dennis Groh
Taxodium distichum 'Pevé Minaret' — an example of the effect that one can gain by removing lateral branches on a yearly basis.
Photo by Dennis Groh
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
Taxodium distichum 'Peve Minaret' in the Harper Collection of Dwarf & Rare Conifers at Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, Michigan. Photo from August 2005.
Photo by Dax Herbst
Taxodium distichum 'Pevé Minaret' — photo copyright of The Wildlife & Conifer Garden. Donated by Don and Nonda Surratt, Ohio, USA.
Photo by Don and Nonda Surratt


Jo King

I live near Clearwater Fl.
Where could I obtain seeds of Taxodium distichum ‘ Peve Minaret ?
Thanks in advance
Jo Ellyn King


Peve Mineret is a cultivar, so if you find seeds they will not grow true to Peve's form. This cultivar is relatively common in the trade and you should be able to find multiple mail order sources for it. Most likely can find it in some good quality nurseries in your area.


I understand this tree is deciduous. What does it look like in the winter?