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Cypress, Leyland X Cupressocyparis leylandii

This rapidly growing landscape evergreen has fine, feathery, soft-green pointed needles on flattened branches. Needles turn dark blue-green in maturity. Matures to a noble, dense, pyramidal outline. Tolerates many soils, and should be grown in full sun. Grows 60'-70' with a 15'-25' spread. (Zones 6-10)

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Zones 6 - 10
Zones 6 - 10

Hardiness Zones: Zones 6 - 10
The Leyland Cypress can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map. VIEW MAP

Evergreen
Evergreen

Type of tree:
The Leyland Cypress falls into the following type(s): Evergreens

60' - 70' High
60' - 70' High

Mature Height:
The Leyland Cypress grows to be 60' - 70' feet in height.

15' - 25' Spread
15' - 25' Spread

Mature Spread:
The Leyland Cypress has a spread of about 15' - 25' at full maturity.

Fast Growth
Fast Growth

Growth Rate:
This tree grows at a fast growth rate. [More about this.]

Full Sun
Full Sun

Sun:
This cypress does well in full sun.

Various Soils
Various Soils

Soil:
The Leyland Cypress grows in acidic, alkaline, drought tolerant, loamy, moist, rich, sandy, well drained, wide range, clay soils.

Columnar Shape
Columnar Shape

Shape:
This cypress has columnar, oval, pyramidal shape.

More Info
More Info

Attributes:
Noted for its rapid growth and slender columnar shape, the Leyland Cypress tree has found wide popularity over a large range of the United States. It grows well in a wide variety of soil and climate conditions and makes an excellent wind break as it provides a dense barrier with good color all 12 months of the year.

Description:
This rapidly growing landscape evergreen has fine, feathery, soft-green pointed needles on flattened branches. Needles turn dark blue-green in maturity. Matures to a noble, dense, pyramidal outline. Tolerates many soils, and should be grown in full sun. Grows 60'-70' with a 15'-25' spread. (Zones 6-10)

Wildlife Value:
Leyland Cypress provide negligible wildlife benefits, but it does provide winter cover for songbirds and game birds.

History/Lore/Use:
The Leyland Cypress tree is a natural hybrid that came about when a Monterey Cypress was cross bred with an Alaskan Cedar at Leighton Hall in England by a Mr. Naylor in 1888. The tree has found wide popularity because of its legendary salt tolerance, thriving where many other trees will not grow. It has also spawned a wide variety of cultivars designed to enhance its natural beauty.

Moisture:
Normal moisture requirement, with some drought tolerance.

Leaves:
This tree has fine, soft-green, pointed needles on flattened branches. Needles turn dark blue-green in maturity and hold color during the winter. They are aromatic when bruised.

Flower Color:
The flower is a nondescript light brown.

Bloom Time:
April-May.

Fruit Description:
The fruit is round; less than 1/2 inch; dry and hard.