Fast Growing Evergreen Creates Privacy Quickly
The Leyland Cypress tree is a fast growing tree that can provide a quick solution to problem views or nosey neighbors! Popular for a reason, this hardy evergreen is perfect for achieving height and presence quickly as a privacy tree.
Its dark green foliage remains striking year-round and is feathery soft to the touch. The bright green Leyland cypress tree grows very densely, maintaining its slender, conical shape naturally.
Planted as a hedge, it will become a tight, dense barrier for view, sound, or wind reduction. The Leyland cypress makes for the perfect privacy tree! Planted alone, the Leyland Cypress tree will become a formidable landscape addition and can also be pruned to have a formal Christmas tree appearance. Your choice!
Either way, its pyramidal shape makes this cypress tree an excellent choice. This Leyland tree is a natural hybrid cross by accidentally cross pollinating the Monterey cypress (cupressus macrocarpa) with the Nootka cypress aka Alaskan Cedar.
LEYLAND CYPRESS CARE
Plant these fast growing evergreen trees in full sun across the United States in USDA hardiness zones 6-10 for ideal conditions. You can also check out our Evergreen Tree Grow Guide for more information on planting evergreens.
The shallow roots of this drought tolerant tree could benefit from the addition of a slow release fertilizer in early spring at the top of the root ball. Fertilized soil will provide the proper nutrients that the Leyland cypress needs to thrive during the active growing season.
Leyland cypress grows upright and does best in well drained soils to prevent root rot. Ultimately, it can tolerate a wide range of soil types and is not particularly picky.
How to Plant Leyland Cypress Trees
Dig a hole the size of the root ball. Place the tree in the hole and backfill with amended soil like our Acidic Potting Soil.
Planting cypress near the ocean is alright too. It is tolerant of salt sprays and can be grown coastal. It is also disease resistant to most issues except needle blight. Read more about Leyland cypress diseases such as seiridium canker here.
When to Plant Leyland Cypress Trees?
The best time to plant Leyland cypress trees is in spring. If you live in a warmer climate, fall is another great time to plant as long as there is time to establish roots before winter.
How Often To Water Leyland Cypress Trees?
Be sure to water your Leyland cypress thoroughly the first year of planting to establish a strong root system. The amount of water should be 2 to 3 gallons of water per inch of trunk diameter. This depends on the amount of rainfall your planting location is receiving as well.
How Fast Do Leyland Cypress Grow?
The Leyland Cypress growth rate per year is very rapid. It can grow fast at a rate of 2 to 3 feet per year. The Leyland Cypress size reaches 40 to 60 feet tall at full maturity and 15 to 25 feet wide after around 15 years.
How Far Apart to Plant Leyland Cypress Trees?
The recommended spacing for this large cypress tree is at least 10 to 15 feet apart if you are going for a privacy hedge. Check out our Spring Privacy Tree Planting blog for more tips on using the Leyland cypress as a privacy tree.
How To Save A Dying Leyland Cypress Tree
Most often, dying Leyland cypress trees can be saved by checking the soil and ensuring that the tree gets enough sunlight. Replace the soil if needed so that it drains properly and stick to a tight watering schedule. Also check for any damage to the tree or signs of disease or pests infestation.
Are Leyland Cypress Trees Deer Resistant?
Leyland cypress trees are not deer resistant. It is not all that uncommon for deer to eat the leaves from the Leyland cypress, so planting this tree may have the opposite effect. If you’re interested in plants that will deter animals, instead browse our inventory of deer resistant shrubs.
Are Leyland Cypress Trees Poisonous To Dogs?
The Leyland cypress tree is known to be slightly toxic to dogs and other animals that may chew on leaves or branches. Animals that digest any part of the tree may experience gastrointestinal issues and fatigue. If you have a dog or pet that spends a lot of time outdoors, make sure it stays away from your Leyland cypress.
How Big Do Leyland Cypress Trees Get?
A fully grown Leyland cypress tree will stand at an impressive height of 40 to 60 feet and a width of 15 to 25 feet. Despite the height of these trees they remain relatively thin, allowing you to plant them in succession in a backyard or around a porch without taking up as much space as other trees.
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Sunlight Full Sun / Partial Shade
Mature Width 15-25 ft
Mature Height 40-60 ft
Growing Zones 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Arrived in a timely manor and were packed very well. No damage at all. So far they are doing well.
Hi David. We are grateful for your kind words and your Leyland Cypress Tree order. Your continued support is much appreciated. All the best.
I ordered three of these trees and they arrived perfect and absolutely beautiful. I plan on ordering 15 more to completely privatize my back yard. plan on adding a pool as well.
Hi Pennelope! Thank you for allowing us to help with your planting needs. Glad to hear everything went well with your Leyland Cypress Tree order and looking forward to assisting you again in the future. All the best.
We had a new pool built and wanted privacy to our back yard. My husband ordered the 5-6ft trees and they truly are just under 6ft tall. We were happy with their size, shape, and good green color. Will plant this weekend.
Hi Ashley! Thank you for your kind words and allowing us to assist with your pool and planting needs. I bet your Leyland Cypress Tree is looking cool chilling by the pool. Take care!
It bothered me that I could see inside my neighbor's kitchen (or they can see inside mine) so I bought a Leyland to grow tall and green to give us a 'Green Fence'. Perfect Plants shipped the tree fast and it was very lush. Ordered 1 tree.
Hi Lilly! That would've bothered me too. We appreciate the trust you put in us to assist with such a project and that your Leyland Cypress Tree worked perfect for it. All the best.
Order 12 of the 5-6ft to screen out my neighbors house. Trees were all close to 6ft tall as described, very green and appear very healthy. Will be planting with my son over the weekend.
Hi Dave. We appreciate your order of Waxleaf Ligustrum. Enjoy the father/son bonding time. Happy planting!