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About the Leyland Cypress

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The Leyland Cypress is a handsome, fast growing evergreen that is used extensively in the Southeast . This rapidly growing landscape evergreen has fine, feathery, soft-green pointed needles and keeps its foliage year round. This popular landscaping tree grows well in many southeastern states and is sustainable in plant hardiness zones 6-10. It is an excellent choice for privacy screens, hedges, groupings, noise abatement and even as Christmas trees. Leyland cypress is a hybrid of two Pacific Coast species, Monterey cypress and Alaska-cedar and has been given the scientific name of x Cupressocyparis leylandii.

For all practical purposes, this hybrid species is sterile- there are no naturally occurring Leyland cypress. They must be propagated by rooted cuttings, also called “liners”. Leyland cypress is now grown in all southern states, and is becoming desirable for many uses in this region. It is a favorite because it is fast growing and is adaptable in many environments. The Leyland Cypress grows well in varied soil types and flourishes in full sun. The Leyland cypress forms a graceful pyramid, with dense pendulous branches and fine, feathery foliage. The attractive, cone-shaped evergreen retains its needles and does not shed.

From its initial planting, the Leyland generally takes 10 weeks to root. If cared for properly, one can expect the tree to grow 3 to 4 feet per year.

This tree tolerates severe trimming, and can be restrained at an early age with pruning. Although Leyland cypress can be sheared into a tall screen on small lots, it is most effective when allowed to develop into its natural shape. Regular trimming is necessary to retain a formal hedge, screen or windbreak.  Free Price Quote; (704) 297-0091  OR  Email at