Bald Cypress longevity
What is the average Bald Cypress age?
I didn't see stats on the average age, but the following may be helpful:
"... conifer species called the Montezuma bald cypress (Taxodium
mucronatum) occasionally grows into a huge tree. One enormous specimen of
grows in the churchyard of Santa Maria de Tule near Oaxaca, Mexico. Called
"El Gigante" by the locals, it is one of the most massive of all living
things, with a trunk circumference of 140 feet--larger than the General
Sherman giant sequoia. With a diameter of 50 feet, the trunk of this
spectacular tree is literally the size of a house. This gigantic tree was
once thought to be 10,000 years old, but botanists now consider it to be a
youngster of only 1,500 to 2,000 years!"
Anthony R. Brach
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