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Similar but less problematic plants:
Osmanthus x fortunei Osmanthus x fortunei in the fall in Moore County
x Hesperotropsis leylandii is often confused with:
Chamaecyparis obtusa Chamaecyparis obtusa
Native alternative(s) for x Hesperotropsis leylandii:
Magnolia grandiflora Magnolia grandiflora
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Myrica cerifera Myrica cerifera
Cotoneaster salicifolius Cotoneaster salicifolius
Platycladus orientalis Platycladus orientalis

Leyland Cypress x Hesperotropsis leylandii

Previously known as:

  • x Cupressocyparis leylandii
  • x Cuprocyparis leylandii
Description

Leyland cypress is a hybrid fast-growing, upright, needled evergreen tree.  Has scaly reddish-brown bark and attractive splays of gray-green needles.  It works well as screening, hedge plant, or windbreak, but must be pruned regularly to maintain a tidy appearance. 

Insects, Diseases,and Other Plant Problems:  Susceptible to bagworms, canker, and root rot.

Quick ID

  • Elongated spray
  • Concolorous spray
  • Branches &primary brackets have spiral twist
  • Leaves intermediate to scale-like
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Blue Eyes'
  • 'Castlewellan'
Tags:
#evergreen#sun#full sun#drought tolerant#acidic soil#cones#fragrant leaves#windbreak#upright#gray-green#playground#hedges#sandy soil#cpp#buffer#screens#children's garden#winter berries#acidic soil tolerant#screening#fantz
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Blue Eyes'
  • 'Castlewellan'
Tags:
#evergreen#sun#full sun#drought tolerant#acidic soil#cones#fragrant leaves#windbreak#upright#gray-green#playground#hedges#sandy soil#cpp#buffer#screens#children's garden#winter berries#acidic soil tolerant#screening#fantz
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Hesperotropsis
    Species:
    leylandii
    Family:
    Cupressaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Play Value:
    Buffer
    Fragrance
    Pieces Used in Games
    Screening
    Textural
    Wind Break
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    drought; many soils
    Dimensions:
    Height: 60 ft. 0 in. - 90 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 12 ft. 0 in. - 15 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Tree
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Columnar
    Erect
    Pyramidal
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    6-feet-12 feet
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    dark brown fruiting cones (to 3/4” across), each with 8 scales
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Green
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Leaf Type:
    Needles
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves are scale leaves, elongated spray, bluish-green, same color top and bottom
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Dark Brown
    Light Brown
    Red/Burgundy
    Bark Description:
    scaly reddish-brown bark
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Recreational Play Area
    Landscape Theme:
    Children's Garden
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Hedge
    Screen/Privacy
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought