I think you're confused with drought tolerance thing. In addition to zone, soils will have a big impact on growth rate and survivability. My watering stopped then foliage loss, and I feel confident, expecially after what you have said, that the worst one will be OK. One other looked moderately bad, and a third did not show that much loss. It looks like you did not sand through whatever clear finish was on the top. They are now about 15 feet tall and about 2 - 2 1/2 inch caliper trees. The best germination rates occur on sphagnum moss or a wet muck seedbed. Will my trees resist droughts better when they are older? My guess dropping needles early is a survival mechanism. The tallest is about 16 feet and 5 inches in diameter. The tips of the branches and the top of the tree were still green. These tree are 2 ft. tall and get ~25 gallons a week. Your trees may not put on new leaves this year, but should come out again in the spring. If you plant bare-rooted seedlings, you may need to make the hole slightly deeper and wider to accommodate all the roots since you don't want to bend or cram the roots into the hole. When we finally got a good rain, they greened up. Bald cypress (Taxodium distichum) is a unique deciduous conifer, reaching over 80 feet in height at maturity. They have looked like this almost all summer. So, I guess I really overestimated these trees' drought resistance. Once established, bald cypress trees can tolerate a wide range of moisture. Base the amount of water you supply on your findings. I think it's soil type really. It can grow in heavy, clay or mucky soil, but also dry sandy soils, compacted soils and garden-like loamy soils with good drainage. The thing is, on another corner of this particular property (its a parking deck) we have another bald cypress that look wonderful. Then let the soil dry to normal before watering again. Wedge the mucky soil back into the hole and press it up against the root ball with your gloved hands. Bald cypress seeds are epigeal, meaning that germination occurs on or very near the surface of the soil. How do I create this same effect on a new maple tree? There 2 or 3 bald cypress growing at Ft. Anyway, the trees suffered for a time, and one had about 15 feet of its top die back. Well, this Spring, the Dawn Redwood just turned completely burn on the top third. Spraying the tree down is not the solution. Good luck and too much to type, go to GF website they have great info. At first I just thought it was due to a heat wave in early April but then when it did not recuperate, I suspected it was something in the soil that was bothering it (neighbor has a pool that is not that far away). I just extended the mulch ring out to 3' and poured a little blue-box miracle grow. Bald cypress have the advantage of being a le to drop their foliage when stressed. But the top and the ends of the branches still have some green. Ok. That rules out alkalinity problem. It is always fun to try something new. Some years they look better than other years. You don't say how large your buckets are, and we don't know what your soil drainage is like. When you start planting a bald cypress tree in your backyard, try to imagine the tree several decades in the future at 120 feet (36.5 m.) tall with a trunk diameter of 6 (1.8 m.) feet or more. They often shed all or most foliage by end of summer if particularly hot and dry.Do think dought tolerance improves with age up to a point.Some good points noted above. We're going on 44 days strait of 100 degree plus temperatures and no rain in the past 30 days or the next two weeks with no relief in site. Bald cypress can function as a street tree, tall screen or specimen tree near the water's edge. With my trees here, did I do good? Last year we had one period of 37 days with no rain. In the early years we had the patio, Spruces, Magnolia and some of the Bald Cypress installed. My guess is that they need a lot more water. Once new growth appears from the seeds, the tiny seedlings need lots of sunlight to grow. But what worried me is that 95%--maybe more--of the foliage was lost. Next, deeply water the planting area, including the root ball, to a depth equal to the height of the root ball. Bald cypress is most often seen flooded along the edge of water or swamps, with its famous "knees," but can grow in many conditions. It can grow in heavy, clay or mucky soil, but also dry sandy soils, compacted soils and garden-like loamy soils with good drainage. Dig down into the soil and test for soil moisture. I thought they were drought resistant, and had not thought to water them. Hi Maguire, I'm not familiar with Blue Star Creeper being in the lawn. So true. Therefore, plant young bald cypress trees at water's edge on firm soil or wait until a dry period lowers the water level. And it is still August, not September. They were fine then, but this year has been worse. I am afraid you will either have to kill everything or hand pull it. Interesting... Spruce,You cannot overwater bald cypress. I assume they are in good, deep soil, but I may have one or two other places on my land that have better soil. They removed some trees and replaced them with elms. Area gets 30" annually. We water once per week. Its gonna be difficult to over water bald cypress. Don't feel bad if not 100% make it. But just about everything else in the yard i planted. Some brown tips. We put in 5 new trees this year. They are larger, older trees that are growing on sites that seem relatively dry, but I don't know the soil and what the ultimate water supply might be. They will likely also provide a planting service. You say it will come back? I do alot of Tropicals in the summer and love dahlias. It grows well in a wide variety of climates, in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 5 through 10. They adapt to both flood and drought conditions without a problem, and are actually considered highly drought tolerant. We also had 7 days at or near 100 degrees. There was no subsequent regrowth and I eventually removed the tree. From living in a dry area with alkaline clay soil - some bald cypress seem to adapt ok to alkaline soil and some do not. No need to consult an arborist for this. Another thing, I've notice that drought tolerance varies a bit between cypress trees. Bald cypress trees that are consistently flooded will grow structures from their roots called "knees." My mom has Ajuga ground cover growing in a part of her lawn and it is tough to get out. I take care of all plantings and he takes care of the lawn. At about that time they put down around these baldcypress trees some kind of fine sand/clay mixture as a kind of "pavement." I got the seeds from my hometown in New Orleans. I think they were afraid that if they just cut down the trees as they had some others, they would get too many complaints. I assume the one in the worst condition will recover, but may be weakened. They've been in the ground for about 15 years. I guess water could, to some extent, penetrate this, but it seemed to me to be an attempt to kill these trees so the could keep the geometry of the rows of elms more pure. Some looked great and have loss their color slowly.

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