Sustainable Cypress

Physical and Environmental Profile of Cypress

Interior use of cypress

Cypress in an interior

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).
Distribution 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.

Cypress Logs Ready for Milling

Cypress Logs Ready for Milling

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.
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