Learn how to identify cypress wood and tell it apart from other types of wood. Cypress wood can range in color from tan to a deep reddish brown. The tree is an evergreen and the leaves are similar to those of a pine tree but are not as pointy. The tree may have a wide base and roots that extend into the water but protrude every so often.
The cypress tree -- specifically, baldcypress and pond cypress -- is found most often in wetlands and along waterways in the southern United States. Cypress is popular for use in construction, furniture, mulch and even as a firewood. Collecting cypress wood for your own use requires a certain amount of knowledge about the trees as well as an understanding of local and state laws, because cypress trees are protected in some areas.
Go into wetland areas and look for cypress trees. Swamps and wetland areas in the southern United States are most likely to have cypresses.
Gather branches and limbs that have fallen off the tree. Do not cut a tree down unless you have express permission to do so and are not violating any laws.
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