Leyland Cypress

× Hesperotropsis leylandii

Leylandii

profile iconCupressocyparis leylandii
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A Cupressus × leylandii tree in a garden
profile iconCupressocyparis leylandii
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The Leyland Cypress has been reclassified a few times and is now known as × Hesperotropsis leylandii. It is a fast-growing, vigorous, evergreen tree in the Cupressaceae family. It's formed from a cross of the Monterey Cypress, Cupressus macrocarpa and the Nootka Cypress, Cupressus nootkatensis. These trees were planted in close vicinity in the 1880's by Edward Kemp at Leighton Hall, Powys and led to the tree known by the common names Leyland Cypress and Leylandii. This natural intergenetic hybrid is popular in horticulture as a hedging plant, growth is dense and thick, so it offers good privacy. However it likes a lot of light and is known to overshadow areas easily and must be kept in check with pruning. This monstrous tree has been the cause of many a neighbour dispute! Plant with care, many gardens are not big enough for this plant.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Fruiting time

Autumn

Harvesting

Generally not harvested

Propagation

Cuttings

Semi-hardwood cuttings

Special features

Attractive leaves

Hedge plant

Wind break

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral, Alkaline, Acid

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Uses

Notes

Frequently planted as hedges/windbreaks or screens due to it's vigorous growth. It performs on almost all soil

Personality

Family

Cupressaceae

Scent

None

Problems

Can suffer from scale insects, canker, honey fungus and develop brown patches.

Related Problems

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