Virgin (old growth) bald cypress and modern (new) growth bald cypress are the same species. However, there are many differences between them. Two of the most striking differences include:
- Old growth sinker cypress is highly dense, as it had more than 2000-3000 years to grow. The growth rings very close together, making it a much more beautiful and durable material. New growth bald cypress is harvested after about 40 – 50 years.
- Old growth sinker cypress builds up a full heart of cypresene oil, making it resistant to rot. New growth bald cypress, on the other hand, most definitely will rot in an exterior application.
Goodwin’s sinker cypress is specified in many outdoor projects specifically for its rot resistance. Although virgin growth and modern growth bald cypress are the same species, they have entirely different properties.
Enjoy part three of Sinker Cypress – The Gentle Giants of the South: