Leyland Cypress Tree for Fast Privacy
If you are on the search for a massive, gorgeous living fence that will give you a wonderful sense of privacy on a large lot, take a look at one of the most popular selection of evergreen trees, Leyland Cypress.
Leyland Cypress (x Cupressocyparis leylandii) is a tree prized for its fast-growing nature and lovely form. You'll love it's perfect shape when left to grow in its natural conical growth habit.
Or, you can choose to shear it to keep it at the height you want. It will happily accept you trimming it to almost any shape or size. This gives a formal look to the garden that brings to mind stately English manors.
However you choose to use it, give it ample room to do its thing. Please don't underestimate the mature height and spread of this pretty tree.
Why waste money and maintenance time on a privacy fence when you can use the Leyland Cypress as a carefree, living one?
As if the Leyland Cypress tree isn't impressive enough for its growth and hardiness, it will also be a particularly beautiful evergreen for your yard. It maintains a lovely bluish-green color, with a uniform upright shape. All the limbs grow outward in a pyramidal fan shape.
- Lovely Natural Color and Shape
If you live in an area that gets ice or wind, a better choice for you is the Green Giant Arborvitae.
For all other climates, if you need a fast-growing, low-maintenance privacy screen, the Leyland Cypress is your tree. Order today!
How to Use Leyland Cypress in the Landscape
Use on large lots with wide open spaces for best results. As a hedge row plant, plant trees 8 to 10 feet apart "on center", measuring from trunk to trunk.
Use this tree for screening, or to define a border or property line. Each tree has a uniform look, and is cloaked in green from top to bottom. Simply beautiful!
Remember, the larger (and older) plants available on our site will give you faster results in your landscape. When in doubt, go bigger!
The versatile Leyland Cypress can be pruned aggressively to make a thick dense screen to block an unwanted view. It takes very well to shearing into a formal hedge and can be maintained with power hedging tools.
Use a single tree as an amazing "Christmas Tree" specimen accent, but don't plant it at the same depth as your lawn. It needs very fast-draining soil.
In urban areas, this tree takes pollution and thrives in higher humidity and areas of high rainfall and coastal salt spray. Take care to provide good air circulation, and avoid planting it too near paved areas, or walls.
#ProPlantTips for Care
Leyland Cypress need care to get them established. The garden adage "First year, they sleep, second year they creep and third year they leap" could have been written about the Leyland Cypress.
However, once it gets established in your landscape, this tree can grow up to 3 - 4 feet a year and can reach 50 feet in less than 20 years. In this case, a little patience definitely pays off.
Site the Leyland Cypress tree properly for the best result. Give it full sun, and proper watering to ensure it thrives with good health. Midday and afternoon sun is best. Site the tree so it receives at least 6 hours of full sun.
Once established, they are moderately drought tolerant in areas of high humidity and won't need to be on an automatic irrigation system. Keep your eye on them, and supplement with deep watering as needed.
In the dryer parts of zones 9 and 10, the Leyland Cypress should be mulched to keep the root system cool in the hot summer.
Best practice is to water plants deeply once a week to a depth of twelve to eighteen inches to encourage the shallow roots to grow deeper. Soaker hoses or drip irrigation is definitely recommended, as you'll be able to simply turn it on and let it run. You'll water the roots, and not the leaves and branches. Saturate around the entire perimeter of the soil.
Plant the tree in well-drained soil, as the roots won't tolerate standing water. Instead, "plant it high" for the best drainage.
Once the hole is dug, add large handfuls of pine bark soil conditioner and compost to your native soil backfill and mix.
Before planting, prep the plant by loosening the roots a bit. Gently tug at the roots, so they'll grow outward into the surrounding soil.
As you plant it, leave about 2 inches of the container soil showing above ground. Then, mulch in a large ring all around the tree. Take care not to let the mulch touch the trunk.
While your tree is young, prune any branches that cross and rub together.
Order your Leyland Cypress today and get started on that gorgeous privacy screen!
Buying Options for Plants
Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.
Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!
Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.
- Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
- Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.
Nature Hills Container Size by Volume
|Young Plants to 18 Months|
|2"x2"x3"||Ranges from||.18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume|
|4.5" Container||Equal to||.655 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume|
|3.5" Container||Equal to||.67 dry quart / .74 dry liter in volume|
|4" Container||Equal to||.87 dry quart / .96 dry liter in volume|
|1 Quart||Equal to||1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume|
|5.5" Container||Equal to||1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x5"||Ranges from||.8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x6"||Ranges from||1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x9"||Ranges from||1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x10"||Ranges from||1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old|
|2 Quart||Equal to||2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume|
|#1 Container||Ranges from||2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume|
|5"x5"x12"||Equal to||3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 2 - 4 Years Old|
|#2 Container||Ranges from||1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume|
|#3 Container||Ranges from||2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 3 - 5 Years Old|
|#5 Container||Ranges from||2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume|
|#7 Container||Ranges from||5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume|
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History of the Leyland Cypress
This tree is a hybrid cross of two popular varieties of conifers. This tree brings together the fast-growing Monterey Cypress (Cupressus marcrocarpa) from the coast of California, and the upright growth habit and extreme hardiness of the Nootka False Cypress (Chamaecyparis nootkatensis), which is natively found in the coastal forests from Northern California to Alaska.
Early plant hunters brought both species to Britain and Ireland in the mid-19th century, and the original cross was reported in 1870 in Rostrevor in Northern Ireland.
But it wasn't until 1897 that the Leyland Cypress that we know today was introduced. CJ Leyland of Wales made a selection from seedlings he had planted in 1888. Today every Leyland Cypress in the world has been grown from cuttings and are identical or clones of the 1897 release.
|Botanical Name||x Cupressocyparis leylandii|
|Mature Height||60 - 70 feet|
|Mature Spread||15 - 20 feet|
|Soil Type||Widely adaptable|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|