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Cupressocyparis leylandii

Leyland Cypress
Cupressaceae
Evergreen, Trees

This hybrid between Sitka spruce (Chamaecyparis nootkatensis) and Monterey cypress (Cupressus macrocarpa) grows very fast: from cuttings to a 15- or 20-ft.-high tree in 5 years. It is most often planted as quick screening. In gardens, it usually reaches 60 to 70 ft. tall, 8 to 15 ft. wide; can be pruned into tall (10 to 15-ft.) hedge but will quickly get away from you without regular maintenance. Long, slender, upright branches with flattened gray-green foliage sprays give youthful trees a narrow, pyramidal form, though they can become open and floppy. Produces small cones composed of scales. Will accept a wide variety of soils and climate conditions; takes strong wind.

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