Taxodium mucronatum

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 Taxodium mucronatum subsp. var.  Mexican Swamp Cypress, Montezuma cypress
Habit: tree
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Lifespan: perennial
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USDA Zones: 8 to 11
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Taxodium mucronatum, also known as Montezuma Cypress, Sabino, or Ahuehuete is a species of Taxodium native to much of Mexico (south to the highlands of southern Mexico), and also the Rio Grande Valley in southernmost Texas, USA[1] as well as Huehuetenango Department in Guatemala.[2] Ahuehuete is derived from the Nahuatl name for the tree, āhuēhuētl, which means "upright drum in water"[3] or "old man of the water."[1]

It occurs from 300 to 2500 m, in Mexico mainly in highlands at 1600 m ft and 2300 m ft altitude. It is a large evergreen or semi-evergreen tree growing to 40 m ft tall and with a trunk of 1 - 3 m diameter (occasionally much more; see below). The leaves are spirally arranged but twisted at the base to lie in two horizontal ranks, 1 - 2 cm long and 1 - 2 mm broad. The cones are ovoid, 1.5 - 2.5 cm long and 1 - 2 cm broad.

Montezuma Cypress is primarily a riparian tree, growing along upland riversides, but can also be found next to springs and marshes. Unlike Bald Cypress and Pond Cypress, Montezuma Cypress rarely produces cypress knees from the roots.[1] Trees from the Mexican highlands achieve a notable stoutness. They are very drought-tolerant and fast-growing and favor climates that are rainy throughout the year or at least with high summer rainfall.

Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Taxodium mucronatum, Ten. (T. mexicanum, Carr. T. distichum var. mexicanum, Gord. T. distichum var. mucronatum, Henry). Montezuma Cypress. Similar to the preceding species: taller evergreen tree, occasionally 170 ft. high with a trunk 20 ft. or more in diam.: lvs. shorter, obtusish and mucronulate, falling with the branchlet the second year: staminate fls. and cones larger. Mex. CH

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