How to Plant a Leyland Cypress


The Leyland cypress is one of the most popular evergreens. While it is extensively used as an ornamental landscape tree, it is most highly sought for use as a Christmas tree. The Leyland cypress is not only attractive, but it is non-shedding and its soft needles do not prick passersby like its other evergreen relatives. And allergy sufferers love it because it is low in oleoresins, the chemical compound that triggers allergy symptoms. So it's no wonder that many homeowners look to plant their own Leyland cypress on their property. And, those who do find it easy to plant and maintain.

Step 1

Keep your Leyland cypress' roots moist while it is in its container waiting to be planted.

Step 2

Dig a hole that is twice as wide and slightly deeper than your tree's container.

Step 3

Set aside half of the excavated soil and mix it with an equal amount of aged compost.

Step 4

Back fill a few inches of the soil mixture into the hole.

Step 5

Carefully remove the Leyland cypress sapling from its container, taking care not to damage its roots. Then gently loosen the roots of the tree by pulling them away from the root ball with your hand.

Step 6

Plant the sapling. Carefully place it in the hole, taking care not to bend any of its roots. The top of the tree's root ball should rest just above the surrounding soil. If it does not, remove the tree and back fill a few more inches of the soil mixture. Once the sapling is at the right height, back fill the rest of the soil mixture so that the hole is filled and no more than 1 inch of soil covers the tree's root ball. Finally, pat the soil down with your hands to firm the soil and remove any air pockets.

Step 7

Water the sapling. The best way to make sure that water reaches the bottom of the root ball of the tree is to run a slow hose over the planting area until the soil is quite moist. Newly planted Leyland cypress trees should be kept moist until they establish themselves. Water the tree at least twice weekly, more if temperatures are high.

Tips and Warnings

  • Stake your Leyland cypress sapling before a heavy storm. Its roots are shallow and it may be blown over.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Aged compost


  • Aucker's Nursery: Leyland Cypress
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