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Stop #7: Ralph G. Kendrick Dwarf Cypress Dome

Driving Directions from Scenic Drive: Turn at the Cypress Dome sign and park in the designated area.

Distance and driving time between this and previous stop: 0.1 miles / 1 minute.

Ralph G. Kendrick Dwarf Cypress Dome

Minimum time: 30 minutes.

Description: Among the most unique features of the Byway, the Dwarf Cypress—also known as Bonsai or Hat-Rack Cypress—are found throughout Tate’s Hell, but nowhere more pronounced than in the area of this boardwalk. Many of the trees are more than 300 years old, but they grow to a height of only 6-15 feet. The soil in this area is very deep before hitting bedrock, but there is a layer of hard clay that may prevent the cypress roots from growing deeper. The soil here is also very low in nutrients, as evidenced by the many carnivorous plants in the area. The site includes a boardwalk with observation platforms, interpretive panels, and picnic tables.

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