Bald cypress (Taxodium distichum) is a stately and tall (80-100 ft) with soft green foliage and an irregular, flat top. They are among the first trees to loose their leaves in the fall (hence the name “bald cypress”) and the last to bud in the spring. The tree is native to the southern part of the United States. Many small leaves along a short twig 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. Resistant to rotting, its wood is used in docks, bridges and boats. Its close neighbor the Dawn redwood (opposite the path) looks somewhat like the bold cypress except that this tree has the needles placed opposite of each other on the stem, and it has a cone on a long stalk that does not fall apart from the inside like the bald cypress cone does.