Few popular hedge plants rise to the height of the Leyland cypress. At maturity, this fast-growing evergreen can exceed 100 feet. Its roots, however, are short and shallow.

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Identification

The expression "moderation in all things" does not apply to Leyland cypress. This hybrid evergreen grows almost a yard a year until it reaches full height. Its shallow roots spread several feet on all sides of the tree, given room.

  • Few popular hedge plants rise to the height of the Leyland cypress.
  • The expression "moderation in all things" does not apply to Leyland cypress.
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History

The Leyland cypress resulted from an accidental cross between an Alaskan cedar and a Pacific cypress; it inherits the surface root system from the latter. The tree gets its name from Christopher Leyland, a relative of the estate owner where the accidental crossings occurred.

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Warning

Homeowners select Leyland cypress for privacy hedges because it grows fast and tolerates severe pruning. Few realise that careless failure to prune results in a tree of exceptional height. Failure to space the trees correctly also has serious consequences; it crowds the root spread and creates instability.