I am looking to identify a conifer that I found in a public park. Please see below for pictures of the leaves, bark and habit (click for full-size view).

I normally use Pl@ntNet for identification, but in this case it fails: it would only suggest French tamarisk or other tamarisks based on the leaves. But those are more like shrubs, while this was a tall tree, very comparable in shape and size to the bald cypress (?) standing a few meters from it. The upward-curving leaves shown in the picture may not be entirely typical, but this small lone branch was the only one I could reach to take a photo.

Additional information:

  • $\begingroup$ @theforestecologist Updated as best as I could. I really can't put a number on the height, but it's a "tall tree", as you can see on the Google street view link I just added. $\endgroup$
    – Szabolcs
    May 24, 2022 at 21:05

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This looks like pond cypress, Taxodium ascendens, (sometimes considered a variety of bald cypress: T. distichum var. imbricatum).

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Source: Wikipedia ; Credit: NOAA (2005)

The specific epithet, ascendens, comes from the fact that the plant's awl-like (sumbulate) leaves (3-10mm long) tend to grow along erect ("ascending") green stems ; whereas bald cypress (T. distichum) tends to have leaves that grow in a more distichous growth pattern.

The bark also tends to be greyer than bald cypress, but retains fibrous/shreddy bark that can become furrowed with age:

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Source: Ebben Nurseries

You can see multiple high-quality photos on Will cook's Carolina Nature site.

  • For example, this image showing the peely and furrowed bark.

Although native to the SE US, I found numerous records of this tree being planted in Germany (e.g., inaturalist). The Dresden Garden also mentions housing Taxodium trees here.


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