Leyland Cypress

Cupressocyparis leylandii

The Leyland Cypress is an excellent choice for a fast growing large screening tree.  Its growth rate and mature size is often underestimated when it is young as it can be thin in its early stages.  Growing up to three to four feet each year the Leyland Cypress fills in quickly.  The Leyland requires little maintenance as long as you have adequate space for the tree at maturity.  Leyland Cypress can also be used as a hedge as they do tolerate shearing to control growth and overall size.  Shearing to control growth will require long term and regular maintenance. 

Zones: Hardy to Zone 7
Leaf Description: Evergreen, scale like leaves
Mature Height: 50 to 70 ft
Mature Spread: 15 to 20 ft
Growth Rate: Rapid
Habit: A dense, symmetrical and pyramidal evergreen
Light Requirements: Full sun to partial shade
Soil Tolerances: Adaptable, prefers a moist but well drained soil