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The bald cypress (Taxodium distichum) is also an ancient and one of a kind tree that's normally associated with the southern states because of its abundance in swampy areas. "Remains of prehistoric forests demonstrate that millions of years ago [bald cypress] climbed in prosperity inside the Arctic Circle; due to changes in the climate, it was pushed south. The bald cypress found its own way to the southern and eastern coast lands" (Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, 2002). On May 26, 196, the bald cypress was formally proclaimed the Louisiana state shrub. The bald cypress is a big, slow growing however long lived deciduous conifer. It often reaches 100 to 120 feet in height and 3 to 6 ft in diameter (United States Department of Agriculture). The bald cypress is a large tree that may live for hundreds and possibly even thousands of years. "Individual trees are reported up to 1,200 years old in Georgia and South Carolina" (Coladonato, 1992). The bald cypress is well-known for its garnishing moss. In the woods, the bald cypress usually includes a broad, irregular crown, often shrouded in drapes and streams of gray Spanish moss (Coladonato, 1992). The leaves of the bald cypress are 1/3 into 3/4 of a inch long and are usually distributed in a flat plane on feather like branchlets; these branchlets are drop in the fall (Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry). The bark of the bald cypress is red brown. It is normally quite thin and fibrous having an interwoven pattern of thin horizontal ridges and narrow furrows (Coladonato, 1992). The bald cypress comes with a broad rooting system. It develops a taproot as well as horizontal roots which lie just below the surface and extend 20 to 50 feet prior to the bending down (C.. .