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EDIS Update: Key Plant, Key Pests- Baldcypress

Baldcypress (Taxodium distichum) are a staple tree of wetlands around Florida. Native to areas where running water is present such as wetlands, rivers, and lakes, these pyramidal shaped trees can grow upwards of 150 feet. Another notable characteristic are their “knees” which shoot out of the ground surrounding the tree.

With Baldcypress being so commonly found throughout Florida, it is important to identify the many pests which can inhabit the species. Early detection is paramount to maintaining healthy Florida baldcypress trees.

One can often see Baldcypress on lake and river shores throughout Florida.

For more information about Baldcypress pests, check out the new EDIS publication “Key Plant, Key Pests: Baldcypress (Taxodium distichum)” by MREC science communication specialist Caroline Roper Warwick and center director Roger Kjelgren.

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