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x Cupressocyparis leylandii /Leyland Cypress

x Cupressocyparis leylandii  / x Cupressocyparis leylandii
Close-up of cedar-like foliage
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Close-up of cedar-like foliage

Three specimen trees

Makes an excellent privacy hedge in just a few years

Privacy hedge separating garden spaces in a southern botanical garden

These trees grow very tall in a short time

Relatively young trees

Heavy dense foliage

Spread is quite broad when trees are spaced far apart

Privacy hedge on close spacings

A single specimen that is only five years old


Spacing about ten feet apart

Single lawn specimen

Sheared plant

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Scientific Name: x Cupressocyparis leylandii
Common Name: Leyland Cypress
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Needleleaf
Hardiness Zone: 7, 8, 9, 10 Determine Your Zone
Height: 20-30 feet
Spread: 10 - 15 feet
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist,
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Plants for Hedges, Screening and Privacy
Plants for Xeriscapes
Comments: This evergreen tree has become quite popular in the South in recent years. Be sure to provide full sunlight and a well drained soil. This conifer cannot tolerate wet soils. The Leyland cypress makes an excellent privacy hedge and is often used as a stand alone evergreen specimen tree in the landscape. Growth is quite fast. The flat, feathery foliage is scalelike and is somewhat pendulous on old trees.