TREASURE TREES

#080 Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum)

This Bald Cypress was planted in the 1970s by Herbert Hechenbleikner, a biology professor who founded the UNCC Botanical Gardens. He was also a good friend of the VanLandingham family, which in the 1960s allowed the VanLandingham grounds to be converted into a living laboratory for UNCC. All of the original Treasure Trees onsite -- #078, #079, #080, #081, #082, #083 -- were planted in the early 1970s under Hechenbleikner’s direction. This Bald Cypress stands at the corner of the property, alongside Belvedere Avenue, next to its sister tree, #081. It can be distinguished by its dual trunks.

Statistics (1997/2020)

  • Circumference (In.): 71"/84"
  • Height (Ft.): 91'/94'
  • Avg. Crown Spread (Ft.): 24'/36'
  • Total Points: 168/187

More Information

  • Nominated By: Mark Gilleskie
  • Year Added: 1997
  • Owned By: VLE Partners LLC
  • Current condition: Good
  • Neighborhood: Plaza Midwood
  • Property Type: Private (fee)
  • Nearest Address: 2010 The Plaza
  • Ecological Value: Bald Cypress trees can tolerate flooded conditions for extended periods of time. They improve water and provide flood control to low areas as well.
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