#081 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, next to Belvedere Avenue, next to is sister Treasure Tree, #080. It can be distinguished by its single trunk.

Statistics (1997/2020)

  • Circumference (In.): 69"/78"
  • Height (Ft.): 94'/96'
  • Avg. Crown Spread (Ft.): 34'/25'
  • Total Points: 172/180

More Information

  • Nominated By: Mark Gilleskie
  • Year Added: 1997
  • Owned By: VLE Partners LLC
  • Current condition: Good
  • Neighborhood: Plaza Midwood
  • Property Type: Private
  • Nearest Address: Private Property
  • Ecological Value: Although Bald Cypress trees resemble Dawn Redwoods in the summer, they are actually deciduous and go dormant in the fall.
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