You know everybody in town or around this area is looking for a fast growing, disease resistant, pest free tree. Of course what we probably need to do is just look around the rivers. Look around the rivers and look around some of the native plantings and you will find cypress. Well believe it or not we have a cypress that's faster growing than the native cypress with leaves that are more evergreen than the native cypress and it's called Montezuma Cypress.
The reason they call it Montezuma is because it comes from Mexico and down in that area some of the largest trees in the world, and oldest trees in the world, are Montezuma Cypress. So now they are available at local nurseries and you can plant them and they can be a fast growing, disease resistant tree for you.
A lot of people say, "Now wait a minute. I can't plant cypress because cypress grow only in wet areas." Well, as you can see, that's the good news. They do grow in wet areas. So if you have a low swampy area that sometimes, when it rains, gets a lot of water that stands, cypress is a good thing.
But another thing that a lot of people don't realize is that they are drought tolerant too. So if you want a disease resistant, pest free tree, that will grow either in wet or dry for goodness sakes don't forget Montezuma Cypress. They're now on the market in local nurseries for the very first time.
This is Jerry Parsons, Vegetable Specialist for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, the Weekend Gardener.
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