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12 Different Types of Cypress Trees (With Pictures)

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Cypress trees are native to North America in temperate regions, and they are deciduous conifers with straight trunks that stand out because of their longevity, size, and resistance to water rot.

Since cypress trees are water damage resistant, they are valued for their wood quality and are frequently used for furniture and building materials. They are also used for landscaping and help create a natural wind barrier in open spaces.

As with most types of trees, there is no single variety of cypress trees. Are you curious to learn more about the fantastic and valuable tree? Read on! In this article, we will go into detail about the 12 types of cypress trees.

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The 12 Different Types of Cypress Trees

1. Blue Cypress Tree

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Blue cypress trees get their name from the bluish-green color of their leaves. It’s a famous landscaping tree for residential and commercial areas. The Blue cypress is also very common in the Southwestern United States and Northern Mexico. The Blue cypress tree has a very slow growth rate and is quite hardy.

2. Dwarf Cypress Tree

The Dwarf cypress tree is a small and delicate tree found in the Southeastern United States. It is a short, flat-topped evergreen with a greenish color. These trees can grow to about 20-30 feet in height at maturity. The leaves are needle-like, and they grow low along the ground. This tree has beautiful white flowers that usually bloom in late spring or early summer.

3. Bald Cypress Tree

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Bald cypress trees have very few branches. They can be found in swampy areas, like Florida or Louisiana. In the summertime, they tend to turn a yellowish hue. Bald cypress trees have a slow growth rate. They have often been used to make cabinets, fences, doors, and more.

4. MacNab Cypress Tree

The MacNab cypress tree can grow up to 40 feet high and is native to the United States. It has a thick trunk, large leaves, and dark green foliage. The bark consists of gray-black layers. The MacNab can be found in parts of Florida, Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas, and Oklahoma.

5. Italian Cypress Tree

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The Italian cypress tree is a type of cypress that has a small, rounded crown, aromatic wood, and dark green leaves. It is native to southern Europe and North Africa. The tree can grow to a height of 65–80 feet and is widely used in landscape projects. The Italian cypress tree also has a lovely scent.

6. Lemon Cypress Tree

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Lemon cypresses were initially imported from the Mediterranean region, where they grow in shallow and damp soil. They’re typically found along rivers and wetlands since their roots can tolerate being wet for long periods of time. Lemon cypress trees are low-lying and have a beautiful green coloration when they mature.

7. Mediterranean Cypress Tree

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Mediterranean cypress trees are plentiful in the Mediterranean Basin and grow best on dry, sandy soil. These trees are mostly evergreen, with large, dark green leaves and a long, slender gray-black trunk. Mediterranean cypress trees grow fast and have a lifespan of between 50 and 150 years. The branches of these trees often droop over the side due to their long lifespan and weight. This tree is commonly used as a fence in colder climates because of its ability to grow fast and withstand cold temperatures.

8. Monterey Cypress Tree

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A Monterey cypress tree is one of the tallest and largest cypress species, growing 70 to 90 feet tall. Some Monterey cypress trees can live indefinitely if they are not tampered with. The tree’s lumber can be used for flooring, cabinets, countertops, and more. This is one of the world’s rarest trees and is mainly found along the West Coast of California.

9. Arizona Cypress Tree

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The Arizona cypress tree is one of the most beautiful trees in the world, with yellow flowers produced in late winter and early spring. Because these trees produce the greatest amounts of nectar while blooming, they are pollinated by various insects. The trees provide shade in the summer and winter and can grow up to 50 feet tall.

10. Gowen Cypress Tree

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The Gowen cypress tree is native to the southern United States. It is often found in wet forests, swamps, and bogs. This species has a wide range of heights but often has a height of around 30 feet or more. The Gowen cypress tree is a large evergreen tree that produces branches and trunks that are often curved.

The trunk of the Gowen cypress tree can come in many shades, ranging from yellow to brown to gray. The Gowen cypress tree is deciduous with alternate leaves and usually has six to 11 leaflets. The leaves of the Gowen cypress tree can be up to 2 feet long.

11. Nootka Cypress Tree

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The Nootka cypress tree is a coniferous tree in the family Cupressaceae. It grows 20 to 30 feet tall and 8 to 12 feet wide. It grows slowly into a pyramidal shape. These trees are great to have for privacy because of their weeping effect. The Nootka cypress grows best in warmer climates and is ideal year-round.

12. Chinese Cypress Tree

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The Chinese cypress tree, also known as the Chinese swamp cypress, is found in North America and Europe but is most commonly found in Southeast China. The tree typically has a conical-shaped crown and can grow 60 to 90 feet tall with a trunk of up to 3 feet in diameter. This cypress can grow in water up to 2 feet deep.

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With such a variety of cypress trees, you can find the perfect one. Remember that all cypress trees may need different watering, planting, and other caring needs. Research the one you want to plant on your property. Also, if you purchase any seeds, ensure the climate zone you live in will favor the tree. Some cypress trees don’t do well in the cold.

Cypress trees are incredibly useful for borders on your property for privacy or blocking the wind. They can bring a bit of curb appeal to your land as well. One of the many benefits of cypress trees is that they have lifelong value because if you want to take them down, they are helpful for projects like cabinetry, flooring, making doors, and more.

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