Bald cypress (Taxodium distichum) is a stately and tall (80-100 ft) with soft green foliage and an irregular, flat top. Many small leaves along a short stem produce a feathered pattern; the short stems are alternatively placed on a central stem. The leaf-covered stem sheds in autumn. Both male and female flowers grow in loose clusters on the same tree; its fruit is a round, woody-scaled cone about one-inch in diameter. The trunk often shows prominent buttressing. Its bark is reddish to gray with fibrous ridges. When near water, it produces associated “knees” which grow upward from the roots. Resistant to rotting, its wood is used in docks, bridges and boats.