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The Leyland cypress is a hybrid between two different but closely related conifers, Monterey cypress (Cupressus macrocarpa) and Alaskan cypress (Chamaecyparis nootkatensis). The cross occurred naturally on the Leighton Estate near Welshpool in 1888.

Usually referred to as just 'leylandii', the Leyland cypress is a rapid-growing conifer with scale-type foliage, used primarily for hedges and screens. Even on relatively poor sites plants have been known to grow to heights of 15 metres (50ft) in 15 years. The tallest Leyland in the UK, at Bedgebury Pinetum in Kent, is currently some 40m (130ft) and still growing.

Where to grow

These hedging conifers have become common not only because of their rapid growth, but also as they will grow on almost any site no matter how poor or wet the soil. They are easy to establish, even by the non-gardener.

To retain their lower branches and foliage cover they need trimming twice a year and will not cope with being cut back hard if allowed to grow unchecked for a year or two. Cutting back into old wood will leave bare patches that do not sprout new foliage.

Did you know?

Leylandii was not propagated commercially until the 1930s and did not become widespread until the 1970s, since which time it has become infamous as the ubiquitous tall hedging conifer.

Their rapid, thick growth means that Leyland cypresses are sometimes used to enforce privacy, but such use can result in disputes with neighbours whose own property becomes overshadowed. This issue led in 2005 to the so-called 'leylandii law', which gave a way for people affected by high hedges (often, but not necessarily, of leylandii) to ask their local authority to investigate disputes and potentially use new powers to have the hedges reduced in height.


Mature Height

Very Large - 20 metres+



Shape / Habit


Growth Rate

Very Fast

Soil Type

All soil types

Sun Levels

Full sun

Difficulty / Hard to Grow


Evergreen / Deciduous


Leaf Colour





Wind break
Sound Barrier


Evergreen Hedge
Conifer Hedge



Moisture Levels

Drought tolerant

Other Features

Good for Coastal sites
Good for Windy sites
Good at altitude


For the continued healthy growth of your trees, shrubs or hedging it is vital that you follow the advice below.


The main reason that plants die within 12 months of having been planted is lack of water. It is essential throughout the spring and summer, to give a heavy enough watering to enable the water to penetrate right down to the deepest root level of the tree. In hot dry spells give the equivalent of 2 bucketfuls every three days.

Weed Control

One of the most common causes of lack of water is competition from grass. When trees are first establishing, the grass roots would be at the same level as the tree roots and are far more efficient at taking up water and thus choke the tree. It is vital that for at least 3 years after planting your tree or hedge has a circle or strip one metre wide completely free of grass.

  1. Mulch mats are an effective way to stop grass and weeds, although they will require a careful eye to make sure they continue to work. After clearing the ground around the tree, firmly fit the mat by tucking the edges into the soil and put a thick layer of bark mulch on top of this. Be careful not to allow the woodchip to touch the stem as it can cause rot.
  2. Weed killer is very effective, however it is harmful to the environment. Organic weed killers usually do not kill roots. Weed killer needs to be applied each year for the first 3 years, preferably when the tree is dormant, or just once before applying a mulch mat.
  3. Mowing or strimming is NOT an answer to the problem. Each time you mow, the grass will grow back more vigorously and strimming invariably leads to lacerated trunks.


If trees are not correctly secured they will rock in the planting pit. Roots not firmly in contact with the soil are unable to take up moisture and nutrients, resulting in die back or death of the tree. Check, particularly after windy weather, that stakes are still solidly in the ground keeping the base of the trunk firm. The purpose of the stakes is to anchor the roots. Flexing in the wind, higher up the trunk, is not necessarily a problem if the roots are firm.

Bellow is list of the correct system to use to secure your trees.

  • 40/60, 60/80, 80/100 whips - Unless rabbit/deer problem no need to stake.
  • 100/125, 125/150 1.2m Cane and Easi tie.
  • 150/175 1.2m square stake and a buckle tie and spacer.
  • 175/250, 6/8, 8/10 15L 1.65 Tree stake and a buckle tie and spacer.
  • All larger trees. 2 x 1.65 Tree stake and cross rail with 38mm cushion spacer and 1m of 38mm strapping.


Always use our recommended tree ties or strapping. These are designed and manufactured with the correct amount of give to hold the tree firm without strangling it. They should be checked at the end of each growing season for adjustment as the trunk thickens. Non proprietary materials such as baler twine will cut into the bark and should not be used.

Protection from Animal Damage

Rabbits, deer, sheep, cattle and horses can all potentially damage trees. Ask us for advice on the most appropriate guards for your trees or hedge. Squirrels are also a terrible pest when trees get to about 20ft tall but there is no protection available.

Are the delivery costs the same no matter how many plants I order?

Yes the delivery costs stay the same no matter how many plants you have on your order. They are worked out based on your distance from our nursery and can be found here.

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