Louisiana’s swamps are famous for the beautiful red cypress trees that are so prevalent. Also called bald cypress, these trees are actually a type of pine tree and related to sequoias. Their sap contains tannic acid which works as a natural preservative and a fire retardant in these incredible trees, which made them an extremely popular building material amongst the early settlers in Louisiana. The high acid content in the wood also repels the destructive Formosan termites that are found throughout the south. The combination of natural fire retardant and termite repellent means that if you build something out of cypress it will last a long time. The longevity of houses and furniture made from cypress likely contribute to its moniker as the eternal wood. You can see the beautiful cypress in their natural habitat if you join us on one of our swamp tours. Call us at 1-888-223-2093 for more information!