Taxodium ascendens National Road™ (National Road™ Pond Cypress)
Selected and named by Earl Culley, the original plant was planted sometime in the 1830s by an German immigrant family along the old National Rd in rural Norwich, OH. Still growing strong and is easily hardy to minus 28F; with 180 years of weather records we have solid evidence. It is one of the hardiest selections of pond cypress.
Durable deciduous conifer adapted to colder climates and drier soils than those in its native Southeast. Best planted where it can develop unhindered, as it is naturally a large tree. Amazingly, it thrives from upstate New York to the High Plains of Texas and south to Florida. Lumber is highly prized for its decay resistance.
Despite its large stature, its landscape appeal is evident in its lacy foliage texture, which becomes a handsome, distinctive blend of green, yellow and brown in autumn. The shaggy bark and bold architecture of its branches lend striking winter interest. Trouble-free, easy to grow and transplant if root-pruned or containerized.