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Need Leyland Cypress info

Post by Roen Ho » Thu, 31 Mar 1994 18:13:42



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
appreciated.  Thanks.
 
 
 

Need Leyland Cypress info

Post by James Yourch P2 » Fri, 01 Apr 1994 07:23:24


Quote:

>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
>appreciated.  Thanks.

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.

Cultivars:
'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.

Good Luck,

Jay

 
 
 

Need Leyland Cypress info

Post by William Mahavi » Fri, 01 Apr 1994 10:04:39


Quote:

>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.

 I am in the process of planting leyland cypress trees for a privacy
 fence in my yard. They grow relatively fast (not like bamboo) at a
 rate of 2-3 feet per year in Georgia or Alabama. Have a christmas
 tree shape with a spread of about 12 feet. A very pretty tree.
 I have been told that red tipped photinia makes a good, fast
 privacy fence, but know nothing about it. Email me if you want
 more info about the cypress.
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