Taxodium Distichum Part III

by Rudi Adam


Due to its very upright nature semi and full cascade styles are unsuitable and are never attempted. Formal upright, informal upright and leaning trunk would be the norm. All these styles would carry either horizontal or descending branch structures.

One of the features in large trunked specimens would be hollow trunk style as featured in John Naka's books Bonsai Techniques 1, (plate 4) and the Pond Cypress in Techniques II (p.100-101).

Twin and triple trunks may occur from time to time as well as curved trunks that may occur in nature when a branch or tree falls on a still pliable sapling.

Different branch styles are more frequently used, such as closed umbrella with very closely descending branches; an open umbrella with a horizontal branch arrangement near the top; windswept with all the branches arranged on one side. Multiple plantings are possible, even forest plantings. However, extreme care must be taken with regard to watering, feeding and frequent repotting so that no one tree will dominate to the detriment of the weaker ones.


Semi deep to fairly deep containers are normally used in order to control the very powerful root system. Softer outlines such as oval, round or square with fluted edges or indented corners add to the soft appearance of the delicate foliage and contrast well with the rugged appearance of the bark. Colours favored are the blues, greens and browns in either a plain or mottled finish.

This species of Cypress is a great favorite with bonsai growers everywhere.

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Random Bonsai Tip

Tying roots - Rubber rings (approx one centimeter thick) cut from a motor car tube, have many uses. For example use to tie roots in a Root over rock planting - they also make good garters!