What is a Leyland Cypress?


The Leyland cypress is an accident of nature. Two different species cross-pollinated, a process known as intergeneric crossbreeding, which is very rare. This makes the Leyland cypress trees sterile; they can only be grown from root cuttings.


Leyland cypress is a cross between the Monterey cypress and Alaskan cedar. It was discovered in England in 1888 by by C.J. Leyland.


The Leyland cypress is an evergreen tree with needles that range from dark green to gray with mahogany colored tips. Leyland cypress can grow to a height of 138 feet when mature.


Leyland cypress can grow in any type of soil. It likes full sun, but can tolerate partial shade. Leyland cypress is hardy in zones 6 through 9, from the middle states, across the south and up the west coast.


The Leyland cypress does best when it is watered so the soil is kept moist, but it can survive in drought situations.


Leyland cypress is used as for a hedge, or can be planted by itself. It is also becoming popular as a Christmas tree choice.


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