Cypressess tend to grow in forested wetlands, along streams and rivers, in spring runs and ponds, and in places with still or slow-moving water. The Cypress known for it's "knees". Some say the "knees" provide oxygen to the roots, and also anchor and support the tree in an unstable environment. Some "knees" are reported to be up to 12 feet tall.
Geologists believe that cypress trees have been growing in the State for about 6,500 years. However, in the first part of the 20th century, logging removed most of the large old-growth cypress iin virtually all the swamps of Florida. At one time these swaps were cypress forests. The trees were 150 to 1500 years old at the time of harvest. Today new growth cypresses have less decay-resistant hardwood and do not have the natural pest resistance that was found in old-growth cypress.
Many of the Florida's natural areas offer the chance to take in views of this unique tree. It is the perfect tree for sun-kissed Florida.
May 20th, 2013
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