By Josie  February 9th, 2023

Growing and caring for the 

Leyland Cypress


The Leyland Cypress is a huge evergreen tree often planted in parks and gardens for aesthetic and ornamental purposes.

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Here's how to best care for it.


The Leyland Cypress tree is a natural hybrid that was produced in 1888.

C. J. Leyland planted seeds from Alaskacedar cones fertilized by Monterey cypress.

Leyland Cypress leaves have a smooth feel and no unpleasant thorns or spiky leaves.

Additionally, it is always green, offering you complete security all year round.


Even without trimming, it will develop into a uniform, symmetrical shape.

Due to its fast growth and dense leaves, people prefer to use it as a garden hedging plant.

Garden birds often build their nests in the Leyland cypress’s dense foliage because of the excellent protection it offers.

Use and Importance

Leyland cypress is not found in the wild since it is a sterile hybrid that was accidentally artificially produced.

It is especially abundant in the U.S. and U.K..

Where to find the Leyland Cypress

As of 2019, Cuprocyparis leylandii is the official name given by the ITIS (Integrated Taxonomic Information System).


It can be referred to as Cuprocyparis leylandii, Callitropsis leylandii, Cupressocyparis leylandii, or Cuprocyparis x leylandii.

General guidelines

The best time to plant your tree is in mid-fall when it is dormant.

You should plant the Leyland cypress tree in a spot with well-drained soil that receives full sun with some shade.

Don't plant it directly on a property line because this big, quickly spreading tree may expand over your neighbor’s land.

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Bagworms are a common and critical pest issue for the Leyland cypress.

This tree may also be infested with spider mites, but spraying with neem oil is an effective way to handle this issue.

Pests and Pathogens

Due to their shallow root system, they sometimes tumble over with strong winds.

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This impressive tree more than just fabulous Christmas ornament!