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x Cupressocyparis leylandii

Leyland cypress

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Evergreen tree



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photo by Keith Burdett, copyright GAP Photos (340263)

Plant details

The Leyland cypress evokes either love or hate due to its ability to grow at over 90cm (3ft) a year. It makes a very good, evergreen hedging plant providing it is trimmed at twice a year. When negelected it will quickly turn into a monster. The foliage is a rich, green colour and it can look quite smart if neatly trimmed. This huge conifer can be also grown as a very tall specimen tree. To propagate take semi-ripe cuttings in late summer. It enjoys a position in well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. The Royal Horticultural Society have given it their prestigious Award of Garden Merit.

Family: Cupressaceae

Genus: x Cupressocyparis

Species: leylandii

Plant type: Evergreen tree

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 3500cm

Spread: 500cm

Time to take cuttings: July to August

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