Taxodium mucronatum - Taxodiaceae, Baldcypress Family
DESCRIPTION: Robust tree with
a straight trunk, enlarged near base.
Height: 45 feet.
Flowers: Male flowers in
clusters; female with fewer, which produce cones;February.
Fruit: Round, 1-inch cones.
Foliage: Nearly evergreen,
1/4, to 1/2-inch-long needles.
Bark: Brownish-red, smooth
to shallowly furrowed, fibrous, shredded.
Growth rate: Fast when
young, slows down with age.
Sun: Partial shade to full
Soil: Wet. Tolerant to some
Drainage: Tolerant to poor
Water.- High requirement;
will grow in moist landscapes.
Maintenance: Little needed.
Propagation: Seed with
resin removed; difficult to germinate.
Rare. A large tree grows south
of Abram in Rio Grande floodplain. A few trees are located near Santa
Margarita and Salineno in Starr County on Rio Grande bank, and more
numerous in scattered locations downriver to Brownsville.
Cover, nest sites; cones eaten
Resin and pitch used as cure
for ailments, wound dressings. Long-lived, this majestic tree with its
delicate beauty is an unusual and interesting accent tree; foliage adds
softening effect to a landscape; do not plant near irrigation pipes.