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. This bright green 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 perfect Leyland cypress 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 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 2-3 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 2-3 feet per year. The Leyland Cypress size reaches up 40 to 60 feet tall at full maturity and 15-25 feet wide after around 15 years.
How Far Apart to Plant Leyland Cypress Trees?
The recommending spacing for this large cypress tree is at least 10-15 feet apart if you are going for a privacy hedge.
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- Fast growing
- Natural, pyramidal shape
- Drought tolerant