Cypress7-14-16-1Last week I posted the latest work on this Bald cypress, Taxodium distichum. I defoliated and moved it from the growing tub I had it in – because last year it suffered with chlorosis and needed some nursing – back into its wonderful Chuck Iker home. This is the result of last week’s work.

The other day I was walking among the benches and happened to look at this tree from a different angle. I was struck with how terrific the trunk base looked from what was essentially the back of the tree. So I got to thinking, “Did I pick the right front when I started out?” So I turned it and have been studying it for the past few days. I’m still not sure, but I think I may have found a better front for the tree. But I’d like to hear from you. Here are two alternative fronts:


This view really shows off what has been the back of the tree, but which can easily become the front. In addition to the really substantial base, the curve of the trunk is nicer. Also, the “shoulder” bump that makes this tree unique really stands out.











Here’s a third option, where the tree has been turned slightly from the above view. The curve of the trunk is somewhat muted in this arrangement, and I’m not sure I like the way the base looks as well either. But it’s certainly a viable option.

So what’s your take? Please leave me a comment and let me know which of the three fronts you prefer.