If Trees Could Sing

The Fisk Jubilee Singers & the Bald Cypress


Bald Cypress Needles

This tree's needles turn orange-brown in the fall and fall off in winter.

Bald Cypress Cone

The seed cone of the bald cypress is a 1" wrinkled ball.

Bald cypress trees thrive in swamps and along rivers, but they also do well in drier locations.

The Fisk Jubilee Singers

The Fisk Jubilee Singers have been a tradition at Fisk University in Nashville since 1871. The choral group is led by its musical director Dr. Paul Kwami and is made up of Fisk students who sing historic Negro spiritual songs in a cappella (unaccompanied) style. The group tours regularly across the nation

Bald Cypress Facts

  • Scientific name: Taxodium distichum
  • Range: mostly coastal and river swamps, from the Mid-Atlantic states south to Florida and the Gulf Coast and along the Mississippi River valley
  • Height: up to 165 feet tall
  • Fruit: round 1" diameter cones, green at first then turning wrinkled and brown
  • Fall colors: needles turn orange-brown in fall
  • Semi-Evergreen: this tree loses its needles in winter, making it a deciduous conifer

You Can Take Care of Trees Like the Bald Cypress

Mighty Cool Tree Fact

Did you know... trees are some of the world's oldest living things? Bald cypresses can live more than 1,000 years. And bristlecone pines can live more than 5,000!

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