Leyland Cypress Trees

We have all been there; sitting in our yard and wondering what can be done to spruce up, privatize, and beautify the landscaping. An option that is familiar with landscapers and those possessing a green thumb is the Leyland Cypress. The Leyland, commonly referred to as simply leyland, is a quick growing coniferous tree are mostly used to insure privacy, but they are beautiful trees as well that are not difficult to care for. This tree is a hybrid; which means it is derived from two other sources: the Nootka Cypress and the Monterey Cypress. It was developed accidentally, but is very useful today.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leyland_cypress – Wikipedia
http://www.thetreecenter.com/leyland-cypress/ – The Tree Center


In 1925, gardeners were seeking a hardy tree that they could use for boundary differentiation, which was fast growing and could also sustain difficult terrain and environments. They came across five different breeds on conifers and due to a tornado, the seeds germinated into what known today as Leyland Cypress.

Although the Leyland Cypress is often used for privacy because of its ability to grow quickly and extremely thick, it is also a great tree to plant for shade. This may pose a problem for other land owner’s that do not have the same like-minded goal. This tree is extremely tolerant of pollution as well as salty environments, therefore it is often used in a beach climate. Because this is a hybrid it possesses characteristics from both types. It is a very durable tree acquiring that trait from the Nootka and it possess the rapid growth potential from the Monterey. These characteristics also make this tree a usual pick for parks and gardens.

There are legal considerations to tend to upon consideration of Leyland Cypress. Such as Britain’s Anti-Social Act of 2003, which allows people affected by trees such as the Leyland Cypress, to have the matter investigated and possibly have the trees removed or trimmed to a suitable height in order to allow sunlight to penetrate into anothers yard.

The Leyland Cypress is documented as having a growth rate of one meter per year. The largest Leyland Cypress was documented as being one hundred and thirty feet high. The typical mature growth potential for this tree, however, is estimated to be around forty nine feet. Due to the shallowness of their roots, if they grow too high they have a tendency to topple over, which is why upkeep and pruning are essential. Due to the shallow roots, it is also not recommended that this tree be planted in places where the summer is extremely hot, such as the southern United States. Due to the heat, when planted in these types of environments, they are known to develop something called Canker, which will ultimately kill the tree. It also does not thrive in northern areas, or places that produce wet, heavy snow because of the root structure and the tendency to topple over.

Property owners that have a rough terrain to endure, once had limited options as far as landscaping. However, today’s landscapers are skilled and trained at planting and maintaining specialized conifers such as this one to any garden.


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