NC CypressPhysical and Environmental Profile of Cypress

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Environmental Profile

Bald  cypress is reported to be rather widespread, abundant, and secure globally, although it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery (Source – The Nature Conservancy – Rank of relative endangerment based primarily on the number of occurrences of the species globally).

Bald cypress is reported to be distributed in Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, Mississippi, New Jersey, North Carolina, New York, Oklahoma, Illinois, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Indiana. The tree prefers very wet, swampy soils of riverbanks and floodplain lakes that are sometimes submerged. It is often found in pure stands, but may also grow alongside hardwoods.

Product Sources

It is currently unknown whether some material from this species is available from sustainably managed, salvaged, recycled, or other environmentally responsible sources.

Tree Data

This large, aquatic, and deciduous tree is reported to mature to a height of about 100 to 120 feet (30 to 37 m), with a trunk diameter of 36 to 60 inches (90 to 150 cm). Bald cypress trees are reported to be  well-known ornamentals, but are also commercially valuable.

Reference Sources
Numerical Data Source
USDA. 1987. Wood Handbook – Wood as an Engineering Material,
Forest Service, Agriculture Handbook No. 72,
Forest Products Laboratory, Madison, Wisconsin.
Descriptive Data Source
Panshin, A.J. and C. deZeeuw. 1980. Textbook of Wood Technology, 4th Edition.
McGraw-Hill Series in Forest Resources. McGraw-Hill Book Company, New York.
Kaiser, J. 1993.
Wood of the Month – Cypress: The Hardwood-like Softwood.
Wood and Wood Products, May 1993. Page 36.

Certified Sustainable Cypress

Bald  Cypress, because of its growing requirements, is harvested from the land of many small land owners. The cost of being certified currently makes it prohibitive for small operators.  We are in contact with and the Forest Stewardship Council to find/create certified cypress harvesters.