Bald cypress is a large deciduous coniferous tree native to florida. In its swamp habitat the tree can reach a height of 130 feet with a thick trunk which is enlarged and buttressed at the base. The bark is reddish gray or brown and peels off in strips. Young trees have a pyramid-shaped crown but as the tree ages it develops a flat top and a spreading crown. Leaves are alternate, flat, soft feathery needles about 3/4 inch long, light green in color and turning brown before falling. Fruits are small wrinkled cones about 1 inch in diameter. Seeds are used for propagation. Although a swamp tree, bald cypress will thrive in normal well-drained soils. A valuable timber tree, cypress wood is esteemed because it is light-colored, easy to work and resistant to decay. In landscaping, bald cypress is an attractive specimen tree because of its attractive foliage and fall color; however, because of its potential large size it is best grown in expansive lawns or parks. Bald cypress does produce a considerable amount of litter.