Glyptostrobus pensilis – water pine

December 1, 2009

Glyptostrobus pensilis Photo: 11-30-2009

Glyptostrobus pensilis This living fossil sometimes known as ‘Water pine’ is a subtropical tree that has performed well in the Piedmont of NC. It is a fast growing relative of the Bald cypress and is typically grafted onto Bald cypress to propagate. In China,the tree is often planted between fields to keep soil from eroding.The fast growing tree has feathery green needles that turn a pleasant pinkish orange in the fall. The tree will still have some green tips even in mid-winter.

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