>Does anyone have any information about Leyland Cypress? It was suggested
>that I plant it instead of bamboo across my backyard for a privacy fence.
>It's supposed to have all the benefits of bamboo without any of the bad side
>effects. But I've never heard of it before. Any information would be much
Leyland Cypress ( x Cupressocyparis leylandii ) is commonly cultivated in this
area ( Raleigh, NC ). It is an attractive evergreen tree with soft scale-like
foliage. It is an intergeneric hybrid between Alaska False Cypress
( Chaemacyparis nootkatensis sp? ) and Monterey Cypress
( Cupressus macrocarpa ), so I believe it is sterile. It is very fast growing
( 3 to 5 feet per year ) and is very dense if grown in full sun. It adapts
to many soil types and moisture levels and can grow quite large ( 75' ) if given
enough time. The shape is that of a candle flame ( tall and narrow with
a graceful taper ). Not a plant for shade, it really needs full sun to
look its best. It can be pruned into a hedge, but its shape is naturally
compact and attractive. The growth rate would make such a hedge expensive
to maintain. Zones: 5 to 8 ?? There are two known diseases/pests that are
known to attack Leyland Cypress. One is bagworm, a caterpillar that eats the
foliage and the other is a canker. These have not been major problems yet, but
may be in this area if they continue to be overplanted.
'Castlewellan' - Gold-tipped new growth, compact habit.
'Naylors Blue' - Bluish foliage, looser habit.
There are others but I don't know them off the top of my head.