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Ancient Trees on East Coast in Peril

A 2,624-year-old bald cypress could teach us how to fight climate change – if it doesn’t drown first

Bald cypress (Taxodium distichum) are the oldest tree species in the U.S. and are found growing in the wetlands of the Southeast.  Their habitat is usually six feet or so above sea level, which makes them vulnerable to rising seas and salt-water  intrusion. A 2020 study found that even though older trees can adapt to stresses and migrate as conditions change, it’s unlikely that these characteristics will be enough to ensure their survival. Read more  on this topic written by Ayurella Horn-Muller and published by the Guardian.

Above: A bald cypress swamp.