Leyland Cypress Trees are a fast growing conifer averaging three or more feet per year. Its rapid growth makes this tree ideal for hedges, windbreaks, and privacy trees. Its overall fast growth rate makes Leyland Cypress very easy to grow. It also responds well to tight trimming which makes this a valid option for tight formal hedges. Leyland Cypress Trees have airy gracefully arching foliage is bright emerald green. Very fast growth, up to 3 feet per year in youth minimum makes a quick solution to problem views or lack of privacy. Tolerant of most soils and salt spray.
Growing Zone: 6 – 10
Mature Height: 40 to 50 feet
Mature Width: 20 feet
Sunlight: Full Sun
Foliage Color: Greenish Gray
Growth Form: Upright pyramidal
Soil: Very tolerant
Does Not Ship To: CA, WA, OR, AZ
How To Use Leyland Cypress Trees as a Privacy Screen:
Leyland Cypress is hardy to Zone 6. It is a pyramidal tree, which can reach up to 40 feet tall and up to 20 feet wide which makes it good for tall screen. It is graceful, and somewhat open in habit of growth. Give Leyland Cypress trees ample room, to allow for symmetry of growth. It grows well in a variety of soils, but prefers good drainage. The Leyland Cypress tree is great if you need to create fast privacy for your home. It’s a fast growing tree growing around 2-3 feet per year where its happy. We recommend planting Leyland Cypress in a line with about 5 feet apart from each other to create quick privacy, however they can be planted at 10 to 12 foot intervals if you don’t mind waiting a bit for privacy. When planting alone the tree takes on a pyramidal shape and can be grown as a specimen tree to break sight-lines. Double row plantings of Leyland Cypress are a great way to not only create privacy but to reduce noise from a busy roadway adjacent to your property for example. Leyland Cypress trees also make a wonderful backdrop for planting beds the pleasing gray-green color makes flowering plants really standout.
How to Use Leyland Cypress Trees as a Quick Growing Formal Hedge:
How to Use Leyland Cypress Trees to Add Vertical Elements to the Garden:
Leyland Cypress can also be planted in clusters in corners of the garden or to hide smaller permanent fixtures in the garden such as well caps or utility boxes. Clusters can be used at the ends of shrub borders or even in the middle to bring symmetry or vertical elements into the garden. Shrub borders tend to be a uniform in height but by adding clusters of larger evergreen trees you bring variations in height as well as a sense of permanence to the garden Leyland Cypress are communal trees that prefer to grow in groups.
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What Is The History and Introduction of Leyland Cypress Trees:
In 1845, the Leighton Hall estate was purchased by the Wealthy Liverpool banker Christopher Leyland. In 1847, he gave it to his nephew John Naylor. John Naylor commissioned Edward Kemp to lay out the gardens, which included redwoods, monkey puzzle trees and two North American species of conifers in close proximity to each other – Monterey cypress and Nootka cypress. The two parent species would not likely cross in the wild as their natural ranges are more than 400 miles apart, but in 1888 the hybrid cross occurred when the female flowers or cones of Nootka cypress were fertilized by pollen from Monterey cypress.
John Naylor’s eldest son Christopher John inherited Leighton Hall from his father in 1889. Christopher was a sea captain by trade. In 1891 he inherited the Leyland Entailed Estates established under the will of his great-great-uncle, which passed to him following the death of his uncle Thomas Leyland. On receiving the inheritance Christopher changed his surname to Leyland, and moved to Haggerston Castle, Northumberland. He further developed the hybrid at his new home, and hence named the first clone variant ‘Haggerston Grey’. His younger brother John (1856–1906) inherited Leighton Hall, and when in 1911 the reverse hybrid of the cones of the Monterey cypress were fertilized with pollen from the Nootka, that hybrid was then named ‘Leighton Green.’ Leighton Green is still available to this day but not well known.
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