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Cypress, Leyland X Cupressocyparis leylandii

Leyland Cypress - X Cupressocyparis leylandii
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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 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
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.
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.