What is Cypress
Other Names: Bald cypress, Red cypress, Yellow cypress, Southern cypress
Cypress trees are conifers, but unlike most American softwoods, they are deciduous trees
that shed foliage in the fall like hardwoods. Although cypress is a softwood, it grows alongside hardwoods and is traditionally grouped and manufactured with hardwoods.
Most cypress trees are natives of the South and grow in the Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plains
from Delaware to Texas, as well as in the Mississippi Valley from the Louisiana Delta to
Cypress roots love water. Some trees growing on wet sites develop what are called cypress “knees” or pneumatophores. The knee-like upright growths come from the roots, helping to support the tree and also to aerate the waterlogged root system. The wood from the knees is
soft and light and can be used to makes vases and novelty items.