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Old 02-13-2009, 09:44 AM
 
Location: Broward County
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Here are some pics.... The owner told me what they were, but I don't want to mention it just yet because I don't want to throw anyone off by putting thoughts in your head. He told me during the winter they die and in the summer they start blooming again. Is this true ? I thought pine trees were evergreens ? I am in South Florida. As you can see, they also drop seedlings that cause small babies to grow...at least I think that's what it is, unless they are part of the root system. Any insight into what I have and if the dying is normal is appreciated. Thanks !

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Old 02-13-2009, 09:57 AM
 
Location: Floribama
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It's either a Bald Cypress or a Pond Cypress (Taxodium). While they are a conifer, they are not evergreen. The "babies" you see are part of the root system, it helps the trees to breathe in swamps. They are really great trees, very hurricane resistant.
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Old 02-13-2009, 10:08 AM
 
Location: Visitation between Wal-Mart & Home Depot
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Yep... The "babies" are a dead giveaway that this is a species of Cypress.
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Old 02-13-2009, 11:07 AM
 
Location: Floribama
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I want to also add that the trees do not "die" during the winter, they go dormant, just like oaks and maples.
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Old 02-13-2009, 11:55 AM
 
Location: Broward County
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Thanks for the tips ! Pond cypress it is ! I knew it was Cypress...but didn't know what kind. Did some research and saw this picture..so now I know for sure it's pond cypress...
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Old 02-13-2009, 05:06 PM
 
Location: Black Hammock Island
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I'm just learning about the flora and fauna of FL -- do I have it correct that the 'babies' (aka exposed parts of the root system) are called "knees"?
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Old 02-13-2009, 05:16 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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-- do I have it correct that the 'babies' (aka exposed parts of the root system) are called "knees"?
yes
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Old 02-13-2009, 05:19 PM
 
Location: Black Hammock Island
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Thank you southernnaturelover ... and my next question: what other kind(s) of "needle" tree loses its needles in 'winter'? Slash pine? Long leaf pine? I have a grove of them behind me -- in winter they shed most of their needles so that there are just clumps left that look like hanging bats.
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Old 02-13-2009, 06:45 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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Thank you southernnaturelover ... and my next question: what other kind(s) of "needle" tree loses its needles in 'winter'? Slash pine? Long leaf pine? I have a grove of them behind me -- in winter they shed most of their needles so that there are just clumps left that look like hanging bats.
Are you sure you're not also seeing cypress trees? They lose their cone shape and get more flat topped when they get older.

Both Longleaf and Slash pines are evergreen (unless they're dead).
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Old 02-13-2009, 11:23 PM
 
Location: Northeast Tennessee
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Oh yeah - Bald Cypress. I have one of those that has flourished. Mine looses its needles though in November up here in Tennessee and new ones grow back in March. I dont think I have ever seen them with the "knees" though unless they were in a swamp. I guess Florida is different.
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