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Leyland Cypress


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:: Cupressaceae :: CUPRESSOCYPARIS :: leylandii
  • Type of products available: 0/1/0A4, 0/1/1P8, 0/1/1P9

Main asset

Rapid growth (1 meter per year), good branching, hiding effect.


The type species needs to be staked when young. In the garden, prune 2 to 3 times per year minimum, without cutting back in old wood. A regular pruning is necessary to control the vigor of the plant.

Natural intergeneric hybrid between Cupressus macrocarpa and Chamaecyparis nootkatensis (syn. Xanthocyparis nootkatensis), Leyland Cypress was obtained in the 19th century in England. Due to its strong vigor, it quickly became a basic element of hiding hedges, particularly in oceanic climate.

  • Uses: Monospecific hedge

Global caracteristics:

  • Type of foliage: evergreen
  • Habit: trained
  • Height: 5 m x 3 m (16 ft x 10ft, pruned), up to 25 m (80 ft, unpruned)
  • Growth: fast

Shape and colours:

  • Foliage shape: flat twigs
  • Foliage colour: dark green


  • Soil type: All except asphyxiating
  • Exposure: sun
  • Hardiness: - 20 °C (-4 °F - USDA zone 6b)