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x Cuprocyparis leylandii is a fast-growing coniferous tree with spray-like citrus scented foliage. Leylandii are incredibly dense, making them useful for hedging or as a feature tree.
Leylandii are best grown in sun or light shade and well-drained soil. Due to their vast size, leylandii take a lot of moisture and nutrients from the soil which should be compensated for by adding leaf mould, compost or rotted manure during autumn and spring. They also require a significant amount of water in particularly dry weather. Plants nearby to a large leylandii will have to contend for light and moisture so must be selected carefully.
Known for their rapid growth and sheer size, the leylandii can easily grow to a height of 12 metres or more in as little as 10 years. The plants are great for creating privacy and blocking out wind and road noise. Leylandii benefit from regular clipping of their dense foliage throughout summer and autumn to maintain a suitable and attractive shape and size.
If you’re looking for good height on a low budget, x Cuprocyparis leylandii is a superb option!