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A BIZARRE TREE – WITH UNIQUE QUALITIES

Bald Cypress Tree in swamp

It’s a tree with roots that grow up and out of the ground – and no one knows exactly why. These knobby root segments are called ‘knees’ and they sometimes grow out of the water too, reaching heights up to 6 foot. Their scientific name is pneumatophores, and it is believed that these growths allow the tree to access oxygen or help it remain stable in its native environment of swamplands.

Cypress trees in swamp with knees growing up from ground
SWAN LAKE S.C. USA

THIS TREE IS CALLED THE BALD CYPRESS

It grows naturally in the swampy settings along banks of rivers, lakes and streams and is abundant in the southeastern U.S. It was designated the official state tree of Louisiana in 1963.

BUT HERE ARE THE REALLY COOL FACTS

Its wood is decay resistant and free from insects and diseases…hard to believe as the trees tend to live and thrive in water. Also, the tree can reach heights of 150’ and despite being so tall, they easily tolerate high winds and ice storms.

OK, SO YOU KNEW THIS WAS COMING…

Is the Bald Cypress Tree suitable for firewood?

I know, why would you need to burn a Cypress Tree?  First of all, this is a website where I provide information for wood burners and second, if you live in the eastern half of the U.S. or anywhere you might find a Bald Cypress Tree, you need to know the wood from this tree is a ‘softwood’ which burns up fast and would not last very long in a wood fire.

If you burn firewood for heat or for cooking food, this wood is not your best choice. However, if used for kindling or even mixing with hardwoods, it would be just fine.

THE BOTTOM LINE

If you get the wood for free…take it and burn it. As long as the wood is properly seasoned, it is an excellent choice for fire starting and maintaining fires.

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BZ

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TOP 10 REASONS YOU NEED TREES NEAR YOUR HOME

Backyard with various trees and shrubbery landscaping

The last one will surprise you ?

1.  INCREASED PROPERTY VALUE  

With the most suitable trees in just the right spaces (landscaping), your home becomes more appealing, contributing to its net worth.

2.  BEAUTY 

Enhance your curb appeal and add beauty to your landscape. Consider planting trees that have unique shapes and vibrant colors. Your home will be the envy of the neighborhood.

3.  TREES HAVE VALUE  $$$ 

A mature Oak, Cherry or Walnut tree (only to name a few) often can be appraised for thousands of dollars.

4.  FOOD and WILDLIFE   

Trees grow healthy food. Fruit, nuts, berries are good for the eating and they also attract wildlife to your backyard. This can be a great learning experience for kids as they witness various birds, deer and small game inhabiting the area around your home.

5.  PRIVACY 

Trees work well as a privacy screen and can be more affordable than installing a fence. If a fence is a necessity, plant colorful trees and foliage around it.  

6.  WIND BREAKS

Having the right trees planted strategically throughout your property helps block severe weather, protecting your home.

7.  SHADE 

A tree with a large canopy shades your property, reducing the energy demands for keeping our houses cool and comfortable. Plus, the shade helps to shield the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays, allowing you (and your kids) to spend more time outdoors worry-free of sun exposure.

8.  SAVE ENERGY – SAVE MONEY   

With the proper placement of only a few trees, a household’s energy consumption for heating and cooling can be reduced significantly.

9.  WOOD (of course)

Small twigs and branches scattered under trees can be collected and used for kindling fires outdoors at your firepit or indoors for the woodstove. Trees are firewood!

10. TREES CONTRIBUTE TO OUR GOOD HEALTH   

Yes, they help clean our air, supply us with oxygen and even provide the means for quality drinking water, but did you know they are beneficial for mental health too? Recent studies are showing that exposure to nature and trees helps reduce mental fatigue while increasing clarity and creativity.

So spend more time in the vicinity of trees, if not at your home, at a local park, a nearby forest or the mountains! Imagine yourself becoming de-stressed, more focused and relaxed, simply from hanging out with a bunch of trees!

Sound too good to be true?

Much more on this later…Stay tuned to the BZ Blog.

In the meantime, plant a tree!

BZ

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