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Some Facts About Leyland Cypress
Tuesday, April 30
Leyland Cypress, which may also be known by the name 'Leylandii', is an incredibly fast-growing tree. The Leyland can add between 3 and 4 feet of height in a year, reaching a maximum of approximately 50 feet in height and 15 to 20 feet in branch spread diameter. As with the vast majority of trees, the bulk of its growth happens during spring and summer. Many arborists and landscapers love that they stay green throughout the year, but shoppers should be warned that they are relatively intensive to maintain properly. For a neat and tidy looking Leyland, one should trim the tree fairly regularly, thanks to its rapid grow rate.
Another reason many love the Leyland Cypress is that it is very drought tolerant. It can also achieve its great height without much water, though new and younger trees in particular do better in moist, well-drained soil. For this reason, it is used in many public areas, such as upscale parking lots, neighborhood parks, and private grounds or gardens. In some areas, particularly along the edges of larger properties and estates, they may be planted in neat, uniform rows to provide privacy or a wind break. It is the dense, soft, scaley green leaves of the Leyland Cypress which make it such an ideal wind break tree. The leaves grow so abundantly that the branches can rarely be seen, making the Leyland an impressive sight once it reaches a mature height.
There are, of course, a few things to look out for. Leyland Cypress trees are prone to seiridium canker, as well as other fungal diseases. Regular application of fungicides can easily protect a Leyland from such infections. Fungal infection of the Leyland is generally identified by a rapid dying of leaves, and discoloration of leaves.
Individuals who prefer flowering trees may find the Leyland Cypress a disappointment: the tree produces none. Despite that, the Leyland Cyprus does produce small, brown, oval-shaped fruits in spring. The fruit of the Leyland does not attract wildlife of any kind.
When young, the Leyland Cypress has many of the qualities found in the ideal Christmas tree. Many nurseries grow and provide Leylands to local areas, making it an easy tree to acquire no matter where you live. If started correctly, one can expect that the Leyland Cypress will live a long life- between 20 and 25 years.