Taxodium mucronatum

Ahuehuete, Montezuma Baldcypress, Montezuma Cypress

In Stock: 1.37 lb (Total:1.37lb)
  • Taxodium mucronatum

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1.4 lb


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Growing Info

Scarification: Soak in ethyl alcohol, let stand in alcohol for 5 minutes
Stratification: cold stratify for 90 days
Germination: sow seed 1/4" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed

Other: can be fall sown without stratification. 

The Taxodium mucronatum Ahuehuete, also known as the Montezuma Baldcypress or Montezuma Cypress, is a beautiful and unique tree native to Mexico. It grows from 300 to 2,500 meters in altitude, primarily in highlands at 1,600 to 2,300 meters. This evergreen or semi-evergreen tree can reach up to 40 meters tall with a trunk diameter of 1-3 meters and is known for its spiral arrangement of leaves that lie in two horizontal ranks. The cones are ovoid and measure 1.5-2.5 cm long and 1-2 cm broad.

While this tree typically grows along upland riversides, it can also be found near springs and marshes. Unlike other cypress trees, such as Bald Cypress and Pond Cypress, the Montezuma Cypress rarely produces cypress knees from the roots. It is a highly drought-tolerant and fast-growing tree that thrives in areas with high summer rainfall or climates that are rainy throughout the year.

One of the most impressive examples of the Montezuma Cypress can be found in Santa María del Tule, Oaxaca, Mexico. The Árbol del Tule is the second stoutest tree in the world with a diameter of 11.42 meters. Several other specimens with diameters ranging from 3-6 meters are also known. This species is frequently cultivated in parks and gardens throughout Mexico due to its sturdiness and fast growth.

If you're looking to add a unique and beautiful tree to your garden or landscape, consider the Taxodium mucronatum Ahuehuete, Montezuma Baldcypress, Montezuma Cypress. Its size, appearance, and drought resistance make it an excellent choice for a variety of applications.

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