Leyland Cypress

X Cupressocyparis leylandii | Also known as: Leylandii, Chamaecyparis leylandii, Leylandii x Cuprocyparis, Leylandii x Cupressocyparis, | Rating: 12 votes | Print / Pdf

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A hugely popular evergreen tree, x Cupressocyparis leylandii is a hybrid of the Monterey Cypress and Alaskan Cedar. Its natural shape is conical but with sufficient trimming, it becomes a tall and highly effective hedgerow or windbreaker. The dark green foliage of Leyland Cypress is flat and feather-shaped, but can also be silvery or golden in hue, depending on the cultivar. It is also a very adaptable tree, which means it can successfully grow in most soils and climates. It appreciates full sun, but prefers light shade as it can become sun scorched in hot summers. Regular pruning is necessary to maintain its shape.

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Known dangers?
  • yes
Dangers: comments
  • Skin reaction possible if you touch leaves.
Height [m]
  • 20 - 30
Spread [m]
  • 4 - 5
Dominant flower colour
  • Green
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Mid spring
  • Late spring
  • Early summer
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Foliage in winter
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • semi-ripe cuttings
Growth habit
  • Upright
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z6-9
Heat zone
  • H12-9
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -23 - -1
Heat days
  • 120 - 210
  • well-drained
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Trees & shrubs
  • Conifers
Grown for
  • Evergreen foliage
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
  • Neighbour repellant
  • For every season
Garden type
  • Formal garden
  • Cottage garden
  • Coastal
Garden spaces
  • Hedges and screens
Gardening expertise
  • advanced
Time to reach full size
  • up to 20 years
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