This member of the Taxodiaceae family was
given this name by Carl Linnaeus in 1753. It is found throughout
western, central and southern Europe, northern Africa and
south-western Asia, growing in sandy or another well
drained soil with some water and some to lots of sun. The tree
can grow to ten or even 30 metres with a stem eventually reaching
two or even four metres in diameter.
It is mostly dioecious,
but occasional individuals can be variably monoecious or even change
sex by time. They can grow to at least 2000 years of age, some even
claim the can reach 9500 years!
baccata is Latin: "Bearing red
The entire plant, except
the red fruit, is poison.