The need for screening is so common that numerous plants are sold for this purpose. However some take a long-time to build a good screen, especially if height is needed, but not Leyland Cypress. In a few short years you will have a magnificent hedge as tall as you need that will be green all-year and create perfect privacy for your garden. It can be clipped at any time of year to make a formal hedge, or left alone to grow into a wind-break and a solid barrier against the outside world. It does not shed leaves or fruit all over the garden and the foliage that does fall will lie underneath the plants and make mulch which slowly rots down back into the soil.
Leylands are perhaps the fastest growing tree you can plant. Even in poor soil you can expect it to grow at least 2 feet a year and in ordinary soil 3 or 4 feet is normal. With regular water and fertilizer it may even grow 5 feet a year. In a few years it will form a dense screen, or grown alone a tall column of green making a perfect backdrop to flowering trees or shrubs.
This fast rate of growth means these trees are the ideal choice for a foundation hedge along your property-line to create privacy and a screen against an ugly view. It is a very easy plant to clip as the foliage is fine and dense, so with clippers you can quickly keep it neat, tidy and the height you want. It makes a beautiful formal hedge or it can be left to grow more casually and will still remain dense and beautiful. If you have near neighbours you may want to keep it from growing too tall and casting too much shade on their garden.
These trees are not only rapid-growing but able to thrive in all types of soil from sand to hard clay, and in everything from damp soil to drought conditions. It is also tolerant of high levels of air-pollution, making it a great choice for urban gardens. It resists salt, so along roads or at the seashore it will do well. It is pest and disease-free and its only enemy is deer, which will graze on the soft-foliage. However with such a fast growth-rate even moderate deer damage will quickly grow back. So if deer are only an occasional problem in your area they can still be a fine choice for screening.
It is not however very tolerant of long, hot summers, where it may become diseased and even die. So although hardy it is not an ideal choice for those who live in humid Southern states or California. If allowed to grow tall it may also blow over but a trimmed hedge will resist all but the most severe storms. Regular clipping and keeping the top of your hedge thinner and round will usually protect from snow-damage.
Leyland Cypress is a hybrid between Monterey cypress, (Cupressus macrocarpa) and Nootka cypress (Cupressus nootkatensis), which happened naturally in a garden in England when these two plants were grown close to each other. When the vigor of these trees was seen it was adopted by gardeners as perhaps the best plant for rapid screening
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Left alone this tree can reach 100 feet tall, but this is rarely seen as the plant is mostly used for screening and hedges. It has soft, light-green foliage with a beautiful dense appearance. An unclipped tree may be 20 feet wide, but as a hedge it can be kept 2 or 3 feet wide and to any height needed.
This tree is recommended for zones 6 to 9, but it will even do well in zone 5 gardens that are more sheltered. However it does best in zones 6 and 7, which means that across a broad band of America, from east to west, it will thrive and make a splendid screen for you.
Hybrid trees like this can never be grown from seed as each seedling will be different and unpredictable. Our trees are grown the correct way, from branch cuttings. That way every tree is identical to the original and produces a very uniform effect when planted as a hedge. However growing this way takes longer, so avoid cheaper trees that will only be a disappointment.
For screening it is best to dig a long trench which is easier to plant into, rather than digging individual holes. Add any kind of organic material – rotted manure, compost, rotted leaves or peat moss will all help develop a good root system that will give you the best growth possible. However they are so tough you can just plant it straight into your existing soil without any extra work really being needed.
For a quick screen plant 4 feet apart, or with the root-balls touching. Before filling the trench completely, firm down around the roots and add lots of water. When this has drained away put back the last of the soil and level off. Once established the care required is minimal. During the first season water well once a week, but after that water is rarely or never needed.
We sell only trees that are true to the original form and we have a wide range of sizes to give you the best plant for your purpose. However we are constantly renewing our stock so our customers get fresh, healthy plants, so supplies of this tree may be limited. To avoid disappointment order now.