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What is the average Bald Cypress age?

Dear Billy,

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 this tree 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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