Surprise! That’s not a red maple in this picture, it’s a rather unusual tree for this area and is located right on the side of the road on Hwy 314/Parksville Road between the Amos Bates place and Volunteer Co-op. It’s a bald cypress
Surprise! That’s not your usual red maple in this picture, it’s a rather unusual tree for this area and is located right on the side of the road on Hwy 314/Parksville Road between the Amos Bates place and Volunteer Co-op. And nosy person that I am, I called Cotton Bates to ask what it was and he replied, “It’s a bald cypress!” Whoa! This isn’t Florida - what’s a cypress doing here? In fact there are three of them, and Cotton says his brother Leon “Bo” planted them many years ago. If observant, you’ve seen it’s a pretty sage green in the summer, just like a spruce or other evergreen, and being a conifer, it does have little round cones. Then in the fall it’s a beautiful copper color, and a close look will show leaves that look more like feathers than leaves. After the leaves turn, Cotton says people will comment that his trees have died, but not so. Although not indigenous, if planted, this deciduous conifer will survive as far north as Delaware. The wood is preferred for heavy construction such as bridges, docks, boats and bridges. I had never seen another one like it in the area, but Bo says TVA has planted some in the sand bars in the Ocoee River, so I’ll have to check that out next time I’m up that way. (Submitted by Marian Presswood)
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