Why don’t we use more bald and pond cypresses (Taxodium spp.) in residential landscapes? I took the photograph above of a house landscaped with Taxodium on a recent house tour in New Orleans. Limbed up, these tall narrow trees fits the space by the driveway and by the street. Here in New Hampshire, I group two bald cypresses (T. distichum) with dawn redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides ‘Ogon’) and giant Petasites for a dramatic, primeval effect. In leaf, these deciduous conifers have fine-textured foliage and cast light shade. Pond cypress grows fast–up to 80 feet tall in the wild with a crown 20-30 feet wide, but it takes longer to achieve this height in a typical home landscape. In poor soils it grows slowly indeed. Both species prefer rich, moist, acid, well-drained soil. Taxodium tolerates compacted soils, wind, and some drought. In wet soils the trees develop “knees,” or woody protrusions from the roots that can be a tripping hazard. The trunk, wide and buttressed at the base, appears to soar, narrowing to a small point at the top. Native to the southeastern US, these trees are hardy in Zones 5-10. A bald cypress cultivar, Shawnee Brave (‘Mickelson’), is shorter, skinnier, and hardier (to Zone 4) than the species.