Common name: Bald cypress, swamp cypress
Taxodium distichum is a deciduous conifter native to the southeastern US. Visitors are fascinated by its 'knees', outgrowths of its roots which may aerate and/or stabilize the tree. Its needles turn a dark orange in the autumn. Its name comes from the Latin word Taxus meaning yew, and the epithet means'two ranks' referring tothe needle arrangement.