The Leyland Cypress grows in acidic, alkaline, drought tolerant, loamy, moist, rich, sandy, well drained, wide range, clay soils.
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.
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)
Leyland Cypress provide negligible wildlife benefits, but it does provide winter cover for songbirds and game birds.
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.
Normal moisture requirement, with some drought tolerance.
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.
The flower is a nondescript light brown.
The fruit is round; less than 1/2 inch; dry and hard.