Historic City and Gardens of London: the Botanist’s Goal: Cypress In Swamp Land!

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2021-11-01

The knees of a bald cypress when the Dell is dry. Shown with a Fritillary Snake Head Among the various collections in London Town Gardens, the bald cypress trees are one of the most mystical. They grow in the lower part of the gardens, closest to the South River. Photos of the Dell flooded on Friday, October 29, 2021 Last Friday, as the tides rose and the rain brought more water into the valley, it seemed that the Cypress was back in its swamp! The native habitat of the bald cypress is: “southern swamps, bayous, and rivers, found primarily in coastal areas from Maryland to Texas and in the lower Mississippi Valley to the southeastern corner of Missouri . In the deep south it is a familiar sight growing directly in swampy waters, often in broad stems, with its branches heavily draped in Spanish moss. In cultivation, however, it grows very well in dry and upland soils. ” Source “Bald cypress seeds are too heavy to be blown away by the wind and therefore depend on the flow of water for their dispersal. Swamps like these most likely began to form around 10,000 ago. years, at the end of the last ice age, although there is evidence of the existence of bald cypress trees in what is now Maryland before the last ice age. An ancient cypress log was dug up by contractors during of stadium construction for the Baltimore Ravens, a type of community, whose range is centered in the southeastern United States.
Source Thanks to our horticultural staff, Ben Lammers and Wren Droege, we have these beautiful photos of the valley to share with you. We hope everyone has stayed safe and dry!


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