Leyland Cypress Tree

Popular Fast-Growing Privacy Tree

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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.

Buy Leyland Cypress for sale for fast growth and green goodness all year round.

Check out our Spring Privacy Tree Planting blog.

Botanical Name

Cupressocyparis leylandii

Sunlight Full Sun / Partial Shade
Foliage Color Emerald Green
Mature Height 40-60 ft
Mature Width 15-25 ft
Growing Zones 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 Growing Zones
Special Features
  • Fast growing
  • Natural, pyramidal shape
  • Evergreen
  • Drought tolerant

Shipping Info

Once your Leyland Cypress Tree order is placed, we will ship your plant(s) within seven business days year round unless during the checkout process you request otherwise in the space provided to do so.

Perfect Plants’ shipping specialists carefully package your plants using a proven packaging method that ensures your plants arrive healthy, colorfully alive and ready to flourish. We’ve coined the term ‘upside down box test’ and we do just that; we carefully package so that regardless of the direction your box is handled, it will not harm your precious plant that’s inside.

upside down test

No shipping process is without a problem from time to time. On rare occasions some plants may experience some of the following during their transit: drooping, minor leaf-loss and/or minimal yellowing/discoloration, minor limb damage, etc. These instances are quite rare, but can happen when shipping plants in boxes.

Plants normally recover within a few weeks after planting. If a damaged box has injured your plant on the inside, please notify us within 5 days of receiving you package(s) by emailing us a photograph of the damage.

We always do our very best to ensure that your plants are packed and shipped in the safest, gentlest and most effective way possible.

Will my plants and trees look like the photographs?

Absolutely! Unlike other online nurseries, our photos are of actual plants and trees we’ve grown here, on our family operated nursery.

our story Lloyd nurseryGrowing our own plants and trees helps to ensure we ship you the best quality plants that are free of pests and diseases.

Your plants and trees may however not ship with flowers on them, like the photographs. This all depends on the time of year you buy your plant or tree. Crape Myrtle trees, for example, only bloom during the summer months, so if you purchase one during the spring or fall, they would ship without flowers. Once planted, your plants will grow and thrive giving you flowers for many years to come!

Pot Sizes

Pot sizes (commonly referred to in gallons) are shipped in the same size nursery trade pots which may vary in actual volume. Some plants may have been at the approximate pot size listed, but require excess dirt to be removed so that you will not be paying any additional shipping costs. This doesn’t happen very often though.

Shipping Fees

Our shipping charges are based on the value of your order.  Please use the chart below to see what your shipping charge will be.

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Choose a planting location that offers adequate sunlight and shade in a low traffic area. Allow proper clearance for the mature growth size. Well-drained soil is ideal. Water regularly for the first planted year to ensure adequate water is available for establishing a strong root system. Prune as necessary to remove any damaged or dead foliage and to promote a well-balanced structure.

Planting Instructions:

Dig a hole approximately twice as wide as your new plant’s root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is equal with the ground level.

Loosen the root ball using a small garden spade or by hand. Breaking smaller outer roots can encourage growth into the new soil, but take care to not damage large primary roots.

Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated evenly upright.  Use the excavated soil to fill in around the root ball, using your foot to pack it in firmly. Thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. Take great care to not leave any gaps or air spaces around the root ball as this could kill the plant.

A 2-4 inch layer of mulch is strongly recommended to help retain moisture and discourage weed growth. Apply mulch over the entire planting area but keep away from the stems or trunk by a few inches. Ensure that the plant and surrounding soil is completely soaked with water.

To ensure the proper nutrients are available for the life of your plant our proprietary Perfect Plants Special Blend Soil and a once yearly application of Nutricote Total 360 Fertilizer are great considerations for your new plants!

6 reviews for Leyland Cypress Tree

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  1. Cornelia

    Received my beautiful trees today and can’t wait to plant them. Thanks to the instructions they came with, I feel confident they will grow as beautiful as I’ve imagined

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  2. Dave Dowdy

    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.

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  3. Lilly Franks

    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.

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  4. Ashley M.

    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.

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  5. Pennelope

    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.

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  6. David Kerr (verified owner)

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    Arrived in a timely manor and were packed very well. No damage at all. So far they are doing well.

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