This deciduous conifer has a slender pyramidal form with horizontal branching. Its feathery needle-like foliage appears soft green in the summer changing to a rusty orange in fall. The fruit consists of a round cone approximately 1 inch across. Although the Baldcypress can be seen growing in swamps of the southern United States, this stately tree also grows well in most urban soils. The Cache River Basin in Southern Illinois is home to numerous historic
Baldcypress trees well over 800 years old.