Taxodiaceae (taxodium family) Taxodium

Taxodium mucronatum Montezuma cypress


Alas, a graceful specimen reputed to be one of this species, planted in 1973 at 1089 Vernier Place, has disappeared. One that thrived for many years in William Durand’s garden at 623 Cabrillo Avenue also is now gone.

One can enjoy a mature tree, however, at UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, Strawberry Canyon, Berkeley, not to mention a number of other interesting members of the Taxodiaceae.

Name derivation: Taxodium – Greek word taxus (yew) and eidos (resembling), referring to the similar leaf shapes; mucronatum – small point (at tip of needle).

About this Entry: The main text of this entry is from the book Trees of Stanford and Environs, by Ronald Bracewell, published 2005. John Rawlings added the UC Berkeley note ca. 2005.