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    Bald Cypress

    I have a bald cypress tree on my property that has a trunk circumference of 20 feet, 2 inches at four feet above ground. I believe that's a diameter of about 77". Does anyone have a formula for determining age of this tree?

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    RE: Bald Cypress

    A Bald Cypress that big would likely be around 300 years old in a moist, open, pretty sunny area.
    If it's in a dark, large, deep, old growth forest it could be much older, 500 to 700 year old.

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    RE: Bald Cypress

    My bald cypress is at the edge of a 200' wide creek in a southern swamp type environment. There are many trees near it which give some shade, but it gets good sun and water. Any further opinions as to the age of this 20' 2" circumference tree?

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    RE: Bald Cypress

    I might bump up the estimate to around 400 to 500 years old since it gets some shade, but it also gets good sun and water.

    500 years is probably the max for a Bald Cypress 20 feet, 2 inches in size unless one is in a huge old uncut forest with trees over 100 feet tall. A forest like this would likely slow its girth growth, and make it have a more narrow taller form to reach the light in the top of a forest. And this could make it 600 to 1000 yrs, but 400 to 500 yrs seems like a pretty good estimate to me from what you described.
    There are a ton of variables in how fast a tree grows.

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    RE: Bald Cypress

    Be neat if you could post a picture of that ol monster!
    Zone 6, St. Louis, MO

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