It is a conifer that grows in low marshy land on the Atlantic coast from Virginia to Florida and the Gulf of Mexico to Texas and in the Mississippi Valley. The generic name derives from taxus, yew, and eidos, alike, referring to the similar appearance it presents its foliage with this species.
It is one of the few deciduous conifers because their leaves fall in autumn. In his natural environment, waterlogged areas of North America - swamp cypress is another of its names-it has aerial roots that look for oxygen out of the water.
In the Alcázar there are two specimens in the English Garden, one of which is about 50 or 60 years. However, the most important and ancient Taxodium of Seville is, without doubt, the one in the Maria Luisa Park and planted between 1850 and 1870, that is part from the early nineteenth century of the monument to the poet Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer Seville. It is an arbor that embracing the tree develops its sculptural program in the company of a bench, where originally there were shelves with the writer's work to read under the shade of the plant crown.