Buds form on the persistent woody stems in an alternate/spiral arrangement. They are small and slightly rounded. The lateral buds produce the deciduous branchlets which do not produce any buds. The bud arrangement is a more important identification feature than the buds themselves.
Karren Wcisel, TreeTopics.com
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Pinaceae, tree, conifer, cone, needle, deciduous conifer, Taxodium distichum, baldcypress