We’re pleased to offer fine quality Bald cypress bonsai and pre-bonsai.  “BC” is one of the very best species for bonsai, and is sometimes called the King of American Bonsai. No bonsai collection is complete without one.  For currently available trees, see our SHOP page.

Bald Cypress (Cypressbonsai17)

Bald Cypress – Taxodium Distichum

This specimen was collected in Winter 2019, specifically so I could create a flat-top style Bald cypress bonsai from it. Flat-tops are much faster to develop than the classic pyramidal style specimens, meaning you get to a showable state much sooner. I literally made this design in under a year. The next phase of training for this tree is to develop the lower branches, which need thickening and ramification – easy to accomplish – and to manage the energy in the crown as it ramifies further.

The base of this tree is 2.5″, and it’s currently 33″ tall above the soil surface. Nice, elegant curving trunk and taper. Also very nice surface rootage. The pot is a custom handmade piece by Byron Myrick.

Ships now, or in spring if you’re still waiting for that to happen.

Estimated Age: 20-30 years

Price: $695 (delivered)

Item # Cypressbonsai20

Bald Cypress (Cypressbonsai17)

Bald Cypress – Taxodium Distichum

Another Winter 2020 specimen. This is one of the big ones, among the largest specimens we collect. The base is 5.5″ measured 5.5″ above the soil surface. Chopped at 26″. Great taper, deep fluting and impressive buttressing.

Ships in September.

Estimated Age: 55-60 years

SOLD: $695 (delivered)

Item # Cypress102pre

Click below to pay a 25% deposit ($175) to hold the tree. Balance of $520 due 30 days prior to shipment.

Bald Cypress (Cypressbonsai17)

Bald Cypress – Taxodium Distichum

Another Winter 2020 specimen. This one is destined to be a classic pyramidal style BC bonsai. Nice, masculine trunk. The base is 4.5″ measured 4.5″ above the soil surface. Chopped at 26″. Great taper, nice fluting and beautiful flaring surface roots.

Ships in September.

Estimated Age: 45-50 years

SOLD: $495 (delivered)

Item # Cypress112pre

Click below to pay a 25% deposit ($125) to hold the tree. Balance of $370 due 30 days prior to shipment.

Bald Cypress (Cypressbonsai17)

Bald Cypress – Taxodium Distichum

This specimen just came home in Winter 2020. I love these tall, graceful specimens and usually plan on turning them into flat-tops. This one would also make a fine informal upright, a very different style than the usual masculine appearance. It’s totally up to you

The base of this tree is 3.5″ measured 3.5″ above the soil surface, and it’s chopped at 29″.  The base has great flare and surface rootage. The good news is, if you decide to go with an informal upright you’ll be able to establish the tapering transition in just a couple of years.

Ships in June.

Estimated Age: 35-40 years

SOLD: $450 (delivered)

Item # Cypress108pre

Bald Cypress (Cypressbonsai17)

Bald Cypress – Taxodium Distichum

This specimen just came home in Winter 2020. This one is chopped shorter than most, at 20″, meaning it’s an ideal candidate for a classic pyramidal informal upright.

The base of this tree is 3.5″ measured 3.5″ above the soil surface.  The base has great flare, and as you can see the taper is outstanding.

Ships in June.

Estimated Age: 35-40 years

SOLD: $225 (delivered)

Item # Cypress115pre

Bald Cypress (Cypressbonsai17)

Bald Cypress – Taxodium Distichum

Collected in Winter 2020, this is an unusual specimen that should make a unique Bald cypress bonsai. You can take off the side leader or leave it and incorporate it into the design. The base is broader from the front view (4.5″ 4.5″ above the soil) than the side (3.5″ 3.5″ above the soil surface), but the flaring root on the left-hand side helps the tree make a statement. Chopped at 24″. Nice fluting to go with the flaring surface roots (there’s more under the soil, I bury the surface roots to protect them).

(See additional photos below.)

Should be able to ship in mid- to late-June.

Estimated Age: 35-40 years

SOLD: $395 (delivered)

Item # Cypress107pre

Bald Cypress (Cypressbonsai17)

Bald Cypress – Taxodium Distichum

Collected in Winter 2020, this is a lovely specimen I chopped high (30″) with the idea that a flat-top specimen will work best. You could certainly make a classic pyramidal style bonsai out of it. Your choice! There are buds popping all over this one now, so I’m confident we’re looking at a strong specimen. The base is 3.5″ across (3.5″ above the soil surface). Very nice fluting and basal flare (there’s more under the soil, I bury the surface roots to protect them).

Should be able to ship in mid- to late-June.

Estimated Age: 35-40 years

SOLD: $495 (delivered)

Item # Cypress105pre

 

Bald Cypress (Cypressbonsai17)

Bald Cypress – Taxodium Distichum

Collected in Winter 2020, I think this specimen is meant to be a classic pyramidal style Cypress bonsai. There are plenty of buds popping, so you’ll have your choice of branches to begin the design this year. The base is 3.5″ across (3.5″ above the soil surface). Good trunk fluting, very nice flaring roots (mostly buried to protect them).

Should be able to ship in mid- to late-June.

Estimated Age: 35-40 years

SOLD: $495 (delivered)

Item # Cypress106pre

Bald Cypress (Cypressbonsai17)

Bald Cypress – Taxodium Distichum

A big specimen I collected in Winter 2019.  It’s pushing buds now, and looks to be a strong tree.  The trunk is 5″ 5″ above the soil surface.  It’s chopped at 28″.  I would expect a finished height of 36-40″.  Great taper and buttressing.  This specimen BC will make a huge statement in any collection.  The classic informal upright style will work best.

More photos below from the right, back and left sides.

Ships in fall.

Estimated Age: 40-60 years

SOLD: $695 (delivered)

Item#Cypress74pre

 

Bald Cypress (Cypressbonsai17)

Bald Cypress – Taxodium Distichum

I collected this specimen in Winter 2019.  It was already budding, but I knew it would probably come back all right.  Sure enough, it’s leading this year’s crop in growth already.  This is a strong BC.  The trunk is 3″ above the root crown.  The trunk, which is chopped at 28″, has great taper and movement, and the flaring roots are just terrific (see below for what lies beneath the soil).

Ships in mid- to late-June.

Estimated Age: 30-40 years

SOLD: $350 (delivered)

Item#Cypress87pre

Bald Cypress (Cypressbonsai17)

Here’s the tree after being prepped for potting.  You can see the roots that were buried in order to protect them.  When the tree is ultimately placed in a bonsai pot, much of this root base can be exposed.  I think this will make for an outstanding bonsai.

 

Bald Cypress (Cypress42pre)

Bald Cypress – Taxodium Distichum

I collected this tree on February 16th.  It was starting to bud, so I left a couple of small branches on the tree so I could gauge the likelihood of the tree coming through the collecting process.  I’m happy to say the buds on these branches have continued to swell and are in the process of opening, so it’s almost a sure bet this tree is going to make it.

You can see from the photo that this BC has a great flaring buttressed base, and the taper is just outstanding.  The base measures 4″ across, when measured 4″ above the soil surface.  Bear in mind that I always bury my collected trees deep in order to protect the lateral roots. This means the flaring roots continue on beneath the soil surface. I’d 

estimate the nebari will measure about 9-10″ across once the tree has been raised for potting in a bonsai container.

I left this tree tall, namely 27″ to the chop, for a couple of reasons.  As I said, the taper is really outstanding – the trunk measures just 1.5″ across at the chop.  But this is one tree I think lends itself  well to a classic flat-top style, and the height is going to help make a great impression once the styling has been accomplished.  Don’t care for the flat-top style?  You could do a stately informal upright just as easily.

Estimated Age: 40-50 years
SOLD: $450 (delivered)

Bald Cypress (Cypressbonsai14)

Bald Cypress – Taxodium Distichum

A Specimen-Quality Bonsai
for the Discriminating Collector

From a tree collected in 2013.  Great flaring buttressed base and surface roots, great taper, super bark, and this one features an interesting burl or “shoulder” on the major left-hand buttressing root.  I repotted the tree on 2/6/17 into this custom oval by Paul Katich.

The trunk base is 5″ in diameter just below the burl, and the height is 30″ to the tip of the apex.

I am letting two leaders grow out wild in order to continue thickening the apex to make the tapering transition look better. This should be completed 

next year. In the meantime, they can be removed for display (and they’ll grow back).

If you’re looking for a Bald cypress bonsai that makes a definitive statement, this tree could easily become the centerpiece of your collection.  It’s a sizeable bonsai!

For those of you who haven’t yet grown BC, they are easy to care for and grow vigorously.  They put on at least three rounds of growth each year, and can be defoliated every July for a nice set of fall foliage.  Nice fall color too, especially if you live farther north than I do.

Estimated Age:  40-60 years
SOLD: $1,295 (delivered)

Bald Cypress (Cypressbonsai7)

Bald Cypress – Taxodium Distichum

This beautiful bald cypress was collected in January of 2015 and direct-potted into this fine Byron Myrick oval.  What’s remarkable about this specimen is the amazing root base.  The trunk diameter is 3″ 3″ above the soil surface, and you just don’t see BC with trunk bases less that 4+ inches sporting this kind of buttress.  This one is a rarity.

I began training this tree last year.  I made the angled, year two chop in Winter 2016 and cut back the new leader today along with removing a lot of new growth and wiring a couple of new branches.  This cypress is going to be a great informal upright specimen.  It should be showable in two years, three max.  Height to the tip of the new apex is 26″.  Should finish at 30″.

SOLD: $550 (delivered)

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