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Improved Leyland Cypress

Murray X Cypress

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Growing Zones: 6-10 outdoors
(hardy down to 0℉)

Growing Zones 6-10 outdoors
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

30-40 ft.

Mature Width:

6-10 ft.


Full Sun, Partial Sun


5-10 ft

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Botanical Name:

Murray X Cypress

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The nation's toughest privacy tree

Improved Leyland Cypress trees are an improved cypress variety that puts the competition to shame by being extremely pest and disease resistant as well as drought tolerant.

In areas with scorching heat and humidity where other cypress varieties fail, the Improved Leyland Cypress thrives. Plus, it has stronger branches that stand up to snow and ice. The Improved Leyland Cypress can even handle strong gusts of cold, harsh winter winds. 

Their dense foliage even acts as a windscreen, and will put a stop to strong winter blasts. A few well-placed Improved Leyland Cypress trees will protect your home and other more sensitive plants from frigid winds.

With a growth rate of up to four feet per year Improved Leyland Cypresses quickly spring up in the landscape and stand up to harsh elements. They’re a great choice for planting because they are incredibly low maintenance and grow in a variety of poor soils. 

Improved Leyland Cypresses soar to heights of 30 to 40 feet tall and grow to be about 6 to 10 feet wide. They are large evergreens that will add year around beauty to the landscape. Your friends and neighbors will love admiring the Improved Leyland Cypress’s green, soft and textured foliage.

The Improved Leyland Cypress is perfect for areas with limited space because they respond extremely well to being pruned and shaped. You’ll have no trouble keeping your Improved Leyland Cypress trees at the height you require.  For this reason they are often grown as hedges.

If planted about five feet apart their thick, dense foliage will grow together to create a solid, living privacy wall. Improved Leyland Cypresses are perfect for planting in rows around the edges of properties to keep nosey neighbors from peering into your yard and home. 

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Customer Reviews

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Love my Murray Cypress
I received this 4'-5' Cypress well packaged, and pleasantly surprised at the height and fullness. Just planted it a couple weeks ago, but looks very hardy with no browning with a deep green color. Looking forward to enjoying this years to come. Have very much enjoyed ordering from Fast-Growing Trees this year!
September 5, 2016
over 2 years ago
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I bought 12 trees and they are all dying. Im so frustrated because they said it can withstand heat, etc. I do not know what else to do. I wanted them to start growing into the start of a privacy wall.
July 26, 2017
1 year ago
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Arrived in good condition/Rather Small
As with most of the items I received, I think the 7 Murrays I ordered were on the small size, but what most concerns me is the lack of foliage (on these and all the other trees I received). What is there seems healthy, so we'll wait and see just how quickly they develop.
July 27, 2017
1 year ago
Great Choice
Planted a 4' Murray Cypress tree and it looks great! Grows an average of an 1" per week since mid August with the Root Rocket Fertilizer and Organic Soil mix. Great choice for my building complex new garden.
Planted a 4' Murray Cypress tree and it looks great!
Planted a 4' Murray Cypress tree and it looks great!
September 21, 2016
Woodsdie, NY
over 2 years ago
Growing Zone:
We are very wet October to April – our 32 planted last year are looking great this year
August 30, 2017
over 2 years ago
We ordered these for privacy along our driveway and all but one seem to be making it. I think they might be growing a bit after being in the ground a mere month! The one that is brown and struggling I hope turns around.
August 19, 2017
1 year ago
Only 1 month since planting
I live in Southern California in the desert where temp is 103-105 degrees in the summer months of July and August. Planted 4 Thuja trees and two died, 1 grew almost 4 feet in 4 months (which has green new growth but original growth is yellowing and browning now....hope it makes it) and one has not grown more than a few inches but is real green and gets partial shade in the afternoon. Decided to try the Murray Cypress to see if more hardy in hot summer. Only 1 month since planting Murray Cypress in last week in August. Too soon to tell. Thought I might try to get them started in cooler weather rather than planting in late spring like I did with Thuja.
September 14, 2016
Bakersfield, CA
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
Healthy plants
The plants came healthy and well packaged. These were saplings for sure. They have been in the ground 9 months. They are all healthy and growing. I have researched a little to find it takes a few years for these to become established before the rapid growth really starts. I have made other purchases from Fast Growing Trees and have never been disappointed.
May 16, 2018
9 months ago
Very healthy trees and they arrived in excellent shape from the nursery.
Trees arrived in mint condition. Planting instructions were easy to follow and the trees are doing well, even after going through Hurricane Irma. Looking forward to the trees naturing.
September 21, 2017
1 year ago
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Love our Murray X/improved Leyland
The trees came and were in great shape upon arrival. I wasn’t able to plant them for 2-3 days and just kept them shaded like suggested in the meantime. The instructions for planting and care were easy to follow. They seem to be doing really well. They have taken off and have lots of new growth already. Can’t wait to see their growth by next year. I will definitely order again from Fast Growing Trees in the future.
Wish I could submit a picture to show how great they look!
2 months after planting
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May 26, 2018
4 months ago
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Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Improved Leyland Cypress

Improved Leyland Cypress  Planting Diretions

This tree was originally known as Murray - X and is an improved version of the Leyland Cypress. Like the Leyland, the Improved Leyland Cypress is primarily used for privacy. It is one of our fastest growing evergreens growing an average of 4 feet per year and tops out at 30 to 40 feet tall at maturity. It may also be used as a specimen tree, with its conical shape it makes a lovely christmas tree with sturdy branches to support lights and ornaments. Whether you want a privacy hedge or ornamental theImproved Leyland Cypress is a fantastic addition to your landscape.

Seasonal information: Improved Leyland Cypress trees are a rapid growing conifer averaging 4 feet per year. Its rapid growth makes this tree ideal for hedges, windbreaks, and Christmas tree production. Its overall vigor makes it very easy to grow year round.

Choosing a location: Sun to partial sun, it will grow in most varieties of soils.

Planting directions: It’s important to properly space your trees when creating a privacy hedge. Improved Leyland cypress are drought tolerant evergreens and can reach a mature width of 6-10 feet, so they need enough space to flourish. Space your cypress trees about 5 to 10 feet apart, depending on how dense you want your hedge.

1) While it’s best to plant your trees when they’re semi-dormant (roughly six weeks before frosts begin) you can plant anytime providing the ground isn’t frozen.
2) Dig a hole that is twice as wide as the root ball and just as deep. Amend the soil with compost or other organic matter for a boost in nutrients and minerals. Organic matter will also improve the drainage of your soil.
3) Set your tree in the hole. Gently spread the roots outward avoiding any sharp bends.
4) Keep the tree straight as you backfill the hole and pack soil firmly until the root crown (where the root ball meets the trunk of the tree) is about two inches higher than your soil. Water the site and gently tamp down the soil.
5) Use about 3 inches of organic mulch to keep soil moist and to prevent competitive weeds from growing near the base of your tree. Be sure the mulch is not touching the trunk as this can promote rot and fungus.


Staking: Stakes provide support to keep young trees upright and allows free movement in the wind to build the trunk’s strength. Stakes are typically metal or wooden and not much taller than the tree’s lowest branch. Since a staked tree moves in the wind, take care that branches do not hit the stakes. Use a minimum of two stakes for each tree since one will not provide proper support and often leads to trees bending or snapping.

After one season of growth, you should be able to remove the stakes. To be sure that your tree is ready to stand on its own, just shake the center. If the root ball has no movement, then your tree’s roots have established and you can remove the support.


Watering: Water your cypress trees evenly until the soil becomes moist. You’ll want the area to look and feel moist but not to the point where it’s over saturated or murky. Allow the soil to dry for a few days until it feels dry to the touch about half an inch below the surface. A slow drip from a garden hose works best as it allows the water to penetrate the soil deeply down to the roots without over saturating it.

After about three months, water your cypress tree(s) twice a week. During excessive hot and dry weather you may need to up the watering to three times weekly. Some regions in the Southwestern U.S. can have very dry winters. If you’re located that area and are suffering a “winter drought,” you should water twice a month throughout the winter season.


Fertilizing: Fertilize your tree after a year of growth, once the root system has had enough time to establish. This will speed up the growth of your tree and provide beneficial nutrients in your soil. Using a general fertilizer formula such as 10-10-10 once every spring will give it a boost. Alternatively, you can feed the tree with solid tree fertilizer spikes labeled for use on evergreens. You’ll find the proper number of spikes to use in the directions on the fertilizer package.


Pruning: These trees require very little pruning. If using as an ornamental tree you will need to do minimal pruning and shaping at the end of winter while the tree is still dormant. Prune at a 45 degree angle and sterilize your clippers with rubbing alcohol to ensure a nice clean cut.

Pests and Disease: The Improved Leyland Cypress is extremely disease resistant but can sometimes suffer from cankers or needle blight. Trees, like people, can suffer from diseases due to stress. Under watering and extreme heat are the biggest causes of distress. In the case of cankers, trim off browning limbs. For needle blight, you will have yellowing needles and green pustules near the end of the stem. For both of these instances, spray with a copper-fungicide making sure to follow packaging instructions for the optimum effectiveness.

Planting & Care

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this? Store
Privacy Screen for neighbors that just took down about 50 trees and put a huge out building behind our house.
GERALYN F on Jul 14, 2018
Fast growing and easily adaptable to the soil conditions.
Andrew O on Apr 16, 2018
Privacy Screen for neighbors that just took down about 50 trees and put a huge out building behind our house.
GERALYN F on Jul 14, 2018
I already have this plant and needed to add to complete my "fence"
Johanna N on Jun 18, 2018
Fast growing and easily adaptable to the soil conditions.
Andrew O on Apr 16, 2018
Web page provide great information and customer comments. Called the 800 number and spoke to friendly staff member Robin whom provided additional information.
Roy W on Jan 15, 2018
needed screen trees for privacy.
peggy H on Oct 3, 2017
Found these Cypress while browsing your web site.
Louise C on Sep 19, 2017
I love the way they look
john m on Jul 16, 2017
Wind breaker
Amy C on Jul 12, 2017
adds privacy to yard
Aline H on Jul 6, 2017
growth rate, hardiness, price...
Bennett G on Jun 5, 2017
privacy, wind block
T H on Jun 1, 2017
will use as privacy wall
Rosemary R on May 14, 2017
Privacy; size; fast growth.
Beverly G on May 9, 2017
size, shape
RUBY M on Apr 19, 2017
Evergreen for all year color. Hardy rating.
Katrina C on Apr 18, 2017
Chose these trees(2) for use at the entry for symmetrical balance on either side of the walkway and for easy care,
needed tree to grow in zone 10
louise c on Aug 19, 2016
I already have one murray cypress and I love the look.
gene c on Apr 17, 2016
My old tree fallen, quick grow
JOSE MANUEL S on Apr 13, 2016
I already have this plant and needed to add to complete my "fence"
Johanna N on Jun 18, 2018
Web page provide great information and customer comments. Called the 800 number and spoke to friendly staff member Robin whom provided additional information.
Roy W on Jan 15, 2018
Can this tree be trimmed to keep the spread smaller?
Pam S on Apr 12, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes you can trim it to your desired height.
How far to the roots go out. Do they have shallow or deep roots usually?
michboddy on Apr 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The roots will grow 6-10 feet out. They have tap roots so they will grow down then out.
I need to create a screen between hydrangeas and a fence that isn't tall enough to provide complete privacy. So I need to know if this cypress could--with proper pruning--work as a narrow wall. Also, what growth rate can I expect from Murray Cypress in zone 7?
Miriam H on Jun 5, 2017
BEST ANSWER: You can prune the Murray Cypress and once established in the ground they can grow up to 4 feet per year.
Will this grow well in heavy clay soil?
novice g on Aug 30, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I planted 5 Murray Cypress trees on July 3rd, 2016, in heavy Oklahoma red clay. I amended the soil about 2 times the area of the pot size. These guys have already grown about 14 inches. looking forward to seeing their growth now that they are established. Dr D. Oklahoma City
How fast does the murray cypress grow?
Franklin on Feb 4, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Enter an I Chose the Murray Cypress tree; It was declared an improved variety being extremely pest / disease resistant and drought tolerant. Middle Georgia is an area with scorching heat and humidity an environment which it said the Murray Cypress may thrive. Said to have a fast growth rate of 4'/year, dense, and tolerates partial shade. I have a small backyard 40'x60', planting them along the back for privacy, wind, and noise barrier, and a Dark Green backdrop for the Rose of Sharon's planted in front of them . I planted it last August (2015), it survived the mild winter well, and exploded with growth this spring by about a foot. Just ordered another to fill in areas- a very hardy tree.answer to this question.
Are murray cypress hardy in zone 6? We have lake effect snow
Mikenzy M on Jun 14, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Fast Growing Trees website says good from zones 6-10 (Hardy down to 0*). it has stronger branches that stand up to snow and ice. The Murray Cypress can even handle strong gusts of cold, harsh winter winds. Their dense foliage even acts as a windscreen, and will put a stop to strong winter blasts. A few well-placed Murray Cypress trees will protect your home and other more sensitive plants from frigid winds. the new Murray variety is also an excellent choice, no matter where you live. Better selections for cooler climates would recommend Thuja Green Giant, or in very cold areas, the cold-resistant Emerald Green Arborvitae.
How far away should these be planted from a brick fence for a privacy wall?
Leigh M on Jun 16, 2017
BEST ANSWER: They grow 6-8 feet wide so a 3-4 feet planting from the wall would be appropriate and 3 feet apart for a privacy fence.
How long do the Murray's live? My landscaper tells me the Lelands have an average life span in the city of 20-25 years. Thanks!
Renee on Mar 2, 2017
BEST ANSWER: They can live up to 40+ years.
What time of the year is best to plant these trees?
Privacy Seeker on Feb 3, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I planted them in March and they have already grown 12 inches if not more. Lovely trees and they are filling out beautifully.
Are improved Leland cypress deer resistant ?
Greg O on Jan 7, 2018
BEST ANSWER: It is is deer resistant. However if food is sparse deer will eat anything.
We’re looking for something that will grow in the woods and are wondering if these will thrive with partial sun? We would like to create an evergreen barrier between our home and the new neighbors. Thank you.
Jennifer P on Dec 28, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes they will do well in partial sun.
Does the root system have any effect on watering systems?
paul a on Jul 17, 2017
BEST ANSWER: My trees are only a year old and 8-10 feet tall, but so far I don't anticipate any problems with my sprinklers.
Can this be planted near a pond as a privacy fence?
Jessi m on Jul 6, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I planted my near a canal for that purpose. I'm pleased with the choice.
does the Murray cypress do best with acid or alkaline soils. ??? My soil where I intend to plant is rocky and porus with a fair amount of sandy quality to it... they call it "hard pan" so I probably need to bring in bagged soil from the nursery to plant them would I need to be concerned it the added planting soil was more acid or alkaline or neutral. ??
Norm M on Oct 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: They prefer acidic or Alkaline soil, they will adapt to your natural soil, even if it is sandy or heavy in clay. Just be sure that your soil is well draining.

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