Montezuma Cypress

Montezuma Cypress

Taxodium mucronatum
Taxodium mucronatum
Mexico; a rare Texas native in the Rio Grande Valley.

60 feet

50 feet
  • Texas
  • Full Sun
  • Part Sun/Shade
  • Low
  • Evergreen

About This Plant

Sun. A semi-evergreen conifer. Considerably larger and faster-growing than bald cypress. Though it prefers marshes or riparian sites in the wild, it can adapt to dry upland locations, streets, and parks, and endures drought better than its cousin. It produces no cypress “knees.”

Montezuma cypress is one of the largest-girthed trees in the world — meaning the trunk grows very large.


Montezuma cypress grows fast, and it grows quite tall. Plan on pruning in winter every five years, and spot pruning as needed during the growing season. Pruning cuts should only be made at a bud or branch, and mostly just to remove dead, damaged, or rubbing branches. As with any tree, remove no more than 25% of the canopy during any five-year cycle. Leave the upper 2/3 of the tree’s crown uncut to maintain a healthy specimen, never removing more than the lowest third of the tree in a single pruning period.

Mulch with about 2” of woodchips or pine bark wherever possible. In general, a tree’s mulched area should be a minimum of six feet.


Plant Type:
Large Tree
50-60' H, 35-50' W
Sunlight Requirements:
Full Sun, Part Sun/Shade
Soil Types:
Clay, Sandy
Flower Color:
Bloom Time:
Freeze Hardy:
Coupon Eligible:

This plant goes well with

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