When it comes to effective privacy screens, Leyland Cypress Trees mean business! This popular tree’s rapid growth makes it one of the most frequently planted Privacy Screen selections on the market today, along with the Green Giant Arborvitae Tree. In favorable conditions, it grows 3-5 feet annually! The foliage fills in quite nicely as well. Consequently, when spaced appropriately, expect it to form a particularly solid wall, impenetrable to the eye. Furthermore, evergreen foliage means that these trees won’t let you down all year long!
A naturally columnar growth habit means that it’s perfect for anyone looking for a low-maintenance windbreak or screen. In addition, they excel at dampening street noise and will also filter out dust particles and pollution.
Feathery green foliage lays flat on individual branches. is reliable and appears somewhat fluffy in the landscape. This soft texture truly comes through visually once nearing mature heights of 40-60 feet tall and 20 feet wide.
It’s quite drought tolerant when established. Additionally, they are considered to be deer tolerant as their rapid growth makes them difficult for deer to damage in the long-run. However, young plants can still fall victim to hungry deer in the winter. They are also great for coastal exposure, due to their high salt tolerance.
They can be pruned to maintain a desired size and shape, however, the rapid growth habit makes this somewhat difficult to keep up with.
Leyland Cypress Tree Care
Hardy from USDA Zones 6-10.
Plant in Full Sun for best results.
Leyland Cypresses are tolerant of most soil types, even clay. However, well-draining soil will help ensure your plant avoids root-rot.
Water 2-3 times per week after planting. This will help it to develop deep roots and allow it to support rapid growth.
Fertilize new plantings in early spring with a balanced nitrogen-rich fertilizer to promote new growth.
How to Plant:
- Dig a hole three times the width of the root ball of your plant. This will make it easier for the roots to spread out.
- Mix your native soil with gardening soil to provide extra nutrients, this step isn’t 100% necessary, but it certainly doesn’t hurt.
- Backfill the hole with the soil mixture and top with 3-4 inches of mulch to help retain moisture.
- Soak the plant with the hose afterward to hydrate the plant and help all of the soil and mulch get situated.
Leyland Cypress Tree Spacing Recommendations
This can be a tricky tree when it comes to spacing. Plant them too close and you’ll have a quick hedge or screen, but as they grow older, they can damage each other. 8-10 feet apart is generally the best practice for a privacy hedge or privacy screen. However, if you want them to grow freely and to their maximum height, 20-25 feet apart is more appropriate. Check out this blog post on Planting Hedges and Screens for additional reading on planting fast-growing trees like these.
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