It is not that the tree is weak – the Swamp Cypress has the scented wood that no termite can bust through, a solid structure with “knees” to pull oxygen from roots and plant deep in swamplands, a towering height to drink in sunlight, and a lifespan of up to 1000 years. It is humanity that killed it off – the beautiful tree to be uprooted and planted in your privileged yard, a wood false rumoured to be able to cure cancer (which it might help, but no, not cure), and again, a pleasantly scented, structurally solid wood that can take on termites and time.
Not that this calls you to do anything. It’s just to show how mankind has, once more, brought nature down.
Think how this species once spanned half of the world, and that indirectly, still provides you with thermal electricity every day.
And now it’s going, going, gone.