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The Heart of Louisiana: Cypress Legacy

Louisiana offers the largest Cypress trees in the U.S.

Cypress Legacy

To find the oldest cypress legacy trees in Louisiana, you’ll probably need to hike through woods or wade through a swamp. Until logging wiped out the forests, this official Louisiana state tree thrived.

Harvey Stern, former city planner for New Orleans, is now on a mission to find the biggest cypress trees in each Louisiana parish.

Near St. Francisville lies the largest tree of any type east of California. The base of the cypress tree is 17 feet in diameter and is believed to be 1500 years old.

According to Stern, for a tree to be a legacy cypress tree, the tree had to be standing at the time of the Louisiana purchase.

To find out more about the Louisiana cypress, click here.