The National Mall in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Bald Cypress • Ártu (ar-too)
In the middle of the wetlands, you can see the entire life cycle of the unusual bald cypress tree. A fallen cypress was placed in the wetlands to evoke an authentic wetlands environment--and a young cypress has begun to grow out of the stump of the fallen tree.
Often covered with Spanish moss, the bald cypress can only be found in shallow marshlands. The Choctaw used the tree's bark to make cordage, and local communities such as the Piscataway favored the tree for canoe and paddle making.
Did you know that this tree is called a "bald" cypress because it loses its leaves in the winter?
Location. 38° 53.306′ N, 77° 0.951′ W. Marker is in The National Mall, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker can be reached from Jefferson Drive Southwest. Touch for map. On the grounds of the National Museum of the American Indian. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20565, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Broadleaf Cattail • Káhkáhaskwar (kaw-kaw-has-quar) (here, next to this marker); Wetlands (a few Wingapo (a few steps from this marker); What is a Grandfather Rock? (within shouting distance of this marker); George Rivera (within shouting distance of this marker); Swamp Milkweed • Wihsakán (wee-sah-quam) (within shouting distance of this marker); Witchhazel • Suhwe?t (suh-whet) (within shouting distance of this marker); Can you find symbols for the sun, (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in The National Mall.
Categories. • Environment • Horticulture & Forestry • Native Americans •
Credits. This page was last revised on November 17, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 14, 2017, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 78 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 14, 2017, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.