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Leyland Cypress Trees
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    Leyland Cypress Trees

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    Organic Planting Mix
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    Growing Zones: 6-10
    Growing Zones: 6-10
    Mature Height: 40-60 ft.
    Mature Width: 20-25 ft.
    Sunlight: Full to Partial Sun
    Spacing: 10 ft.
    Botanical: Cupressocyparis leylandii
    Cannot Ship to: AZ

    The Gold Standard by Which Other Fast-Growing Privacy Evergreens are Measured

    If you’ve never grown Leyland Cypress trees (x Cupressocyparis leylandii), you may not believe the claims of annual growth rates that can exceed 4 feet each year. But if you have grown Leyland Cypress, you know exactly what we’re talking about. This fast-growing evergreen is the go-to choice for creating a dense privacy screen that rises majestically to form a natural pyramidal shape.

    A Commanding Presence
    As you watch your newly planted Leyland Cypress trees grow, the show just keeps getting better and better!

    Fast growth. Don’t be surprised if your newly planted Leyland Cypress trees start their rapid growth almost as soon as you plant them! Although their first year’s growth will be slower as they begin to develop strong root systems, it’s not uncommon to see measurable growth their first growing season and skyrocketing growth in subsequent years.

    Dense foliage. You don’t just want fast growth from a privacy screen; you also want thick growth. Leyland Cypress offers this winning combination. Your young trees will look thinner, but give them time to fill in … you won’t be disappointed.

    How the Best Traits of Two Plants Produced a Superior Tree
    For more than 130 years, the tried-and-true qualities of Leyland Cypress have been the result of its parentage. In 1888, C.J. Leyland planted seeds from an Alaska False Cypress tree (Chamaecyparis nootkatensis), which had been cross-pollinated by a Monterey Cypress tree (Cupressus macrocarpa). The resulting tree, which bears his name, featured the best qualities of the two parent trees:

    1. Fast growth and sturdy branching from its Monterey Cypress parent and
    2. Beautiful foliage plus a pyramidal habit from its Alaska False cypress parent

    Put this Tree to Work for You
    Without question, Leyland Cypress tree’s most valued quality is its ability to form a living structure that creates a privacy wall. But it fulfills far more than this in the landscape. A row of Leyland Cypress trees defines property lines as a living fence. You may live where municipal codes or HOA restrictions prevent the construction of a fence over a certain height. But if you plant Leyland Cypress trees instead of fencing, the trees will form a living fence that exceeds the restricted height of other fencing materials. Leyland Cypress trees also provide a sound buffer, which you may want if you live on a noisy street or at a busy intersection. You can even plant Leyland Cypress trees as a windbreak buffer to help protect your home and property from strong winds, particularly in winter. While trees are still small enough to decorate, one specimen tree planted as a focal point makes a beautiful living holiday tree!

    Naturally Grows Into its Perfect Shape
    If you’re not a fan of pruning your trees, instead preferring the ease of low-maintenance plants, you’ll love Leyland Cypress! Its natural growth needs no pruning whatsoever to maintain its perfect shape. But if you want to plant multiples of this exceptional tree in a row to form a hedge, which you’ll keep pruned into the size and shape you prefer, it responds quite favorably to pruning. Because it grows so fast, you’ll need to shape it every year if you want a formal hedge by trimming it in late winter.

    Scratch-Free Feathery Foliage
    Leyland Cypress has needle-like leaves, but they are not sharply pointed needles as other conifers have. Its branches bear flattened sprays of soft-to-the-touch foliage, so you and your family (pets, too) will remain scratch-free if you brush up against the leaves. The hue of the evergreen foliage is a rich green with a slightly bluish or grayish cast, so it provides year-round color to enliven your landscape even in the dead of winter.

    Interior Design Ideas
    Decorating your home with fresh greenery during the holiday season is a time-honored tradition that’s featured in all the upscale home design magazines. Because Leyland Cypress foliage is formed in wide sprays of soft needles, it’s easy to work with if you want to make fresh holiday greenery decorations! You can use the branches to shape into wreaths, swags, and garlands for decorating your home’s exterior or interior. Leave the small cones attached to the branches for a rustic look, or remove the cones and spray-paint them gold or silver to make an elegant addition to a centerpiece arrangement for your foyer or dining table.

    Why is Proper Spacing So Important?
    When properly planted and correctly cared for, Leyland Cypress is an outstanding tree that adds value to the landscape by filling numerous needs. But in their zeal toward the goal of “planting closer together is better,” many people set these trees up to fail by improperly spacing them at planting time. Fungal diseases thrive in moist conditions, so if you space your trees too closely, the foliage cannot adequately dry, and diseases can take hold. This is especially true in humid climates, such as the South, where Leyland Cypress trees thrive, but where it’s even more important to space them correctly. It’s hard to imagine that the cute little trees you plant will quickly grow into landscape giants, but that’s exactly what they’ll do! So plant them with their mature size in mind, and space them accordingly.

    Although spacing trees too closely may be the most common error in planting Leyland Cypress trees, it’s also the easiest to fix. For their optimal health, plant each tree no closer than 10 feet from the next tree in a row. At first, this won’t look very balanced, but remember that each tree will reach a mature width of 15-25 feet, which means the branch tips will not only touch, but they’ll overlap to form the solid privacy screen you want. Also with their mature size in mind, plant trees no closer than 25 feet from your home, other structures, overhead power lines, or other Leyland Cypress trees planted in a parallel row.

    Keep Them Healthy
    Horticulturists, extension agents, and plant disease specialists overwhelmingly agree that most of the disease-susceptibility problems that Leyland Cypress trees face are avoidable, such as proper spacing. Keep your trees healthy by following these other tips:

    Full sun. All-day sun is the way to go when selecting a site for Leyland Cypress trees. Shaded sites cause trees to be stunted or to have spindly growth and, more importantly, shady locations do not allow the foliage to dry quickly enough after it rains.

    Loose soil. Leyland Cypress trees are quite forgiving of the type of soil you have, but they don’t tolerate soil that retains water and doesn’t drain well. Waterlogged soil can cause their roots to rot, which is another fungal disease that can cause the demise of these trees.

    No overhead irrigation. You can’t control the amount of rainfall your trees receive, but you can control any supplemental irrigation amounts. Overhead irrigation, such as from sprinkler systems, directs water at the foliage instead of at the root zone. This keeps the foliage wet and promotes fungal diseases. So direct your sprinkler heads away from your Leyland Cypress trees, which will keep them healthier.

    3 Planting Tips
    Because Leyland Cypress trees grow so large, you may need to tweak the planting directions you’d use for other landscape plants. Other than spacing the trees properly, here are our three best planting tips:

    1. Prepare the site. Instead of digging a hole that’s three times the width of the root ball, which is recommended for other landscape plants, loosen the soil in a 6-foot-wide circle for each Leyland Cypress tree you’re planting. If you’re spacing trees in a row as a privacy screen, it’s usually easier to loosen the soil along the entire row instead of making individual holes. Using a tiller makes easier work of preparing the soil than using a shovel!

    2. Water trees well. During the growing season after you plant Leyland Cypress trees, give each tree 1 gallon of water per 1 foot of height each week, particularly during the spring and summer. This extra watering plus the work of loosening the soil in a wide circle around each tree are two keys to helping the root system become established so it can provide a strong anchor for the large mature growth of these large trees.

    3. Apply fertilizer sparingly. You should only fertilize Leyland Cypress trees when you plant them, and a soil test will confirm the need for this. If you continue to fertilize your trees in subsequent years, the foliage will certainly benefit, but it will be to the detriment of the root systems. In other words, excessive top growth will become too difficult for the root systems to maintain, and your trees will suffer.

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