Cypress isn't a "real" Cypress
That's right, its really more a Cedar posing like a Cypress. But its also not in the Cedar family so perhaps Cypress is just having an identify crisis and will figure it out when it grows up. In this episode I discuss of course the featured species: Bald Cypress. But I then go on to answer some questions:
Featured Species: Bald Cypress
Taxodium distichum or Bald Cypress is found throughout the southeast United States. It grows most readily in swampland where often the roots will grow up and out of the water forming what are called "knees". These roots are often used in woodcarving and have a market all to their own.
Its a great cabinet wood but usually gets relegated to secondary wood roles like case backs and drawer bottoms and sides. The yellow, creamy color is a bit too bright for most cabinet sides but it does weather nice and evenly and this is why Cypress is a fantastic exterior species for furniture and siding. The lighter weight is a nice bonus when you have to move your outdoor furniture or heft an 18 foot piece of siding up to install on the wall.
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