This unusual deciduous conifer is tough and adaptable. Its foliage emerges a clear chartreuse in the spring, forms a feathery haze of moss-green in summer; in fall, it turns a bronzed red-gold and drops cleanly. The needles, 3/8 - 5/8in long, are 2-ranked on deciduous branchlets. The warm cinnamon bark of the buttressed trunk is shaggy and attractive when revealed in the winter. Because it's the dominant tree of the southern Everglades, it is often assumed that it must have a wet site in the landscape as well. In actuality, it is tough and reliable under many conditions, including extremes of drought, wet conditions, even clay soils and temperatures to -20 degrees F. It does prefer full sun and somewhat acid soil. It is a strikingly handsome tree for large spaces, growing up to 150 feet in the wild, but 50-75 feet this far north.
Zones: 4 to 11
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