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Improved Leyland Cypress

Improved Leyland Cypress
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Product Details

Growing Zones: 6-10 outdoors

(hardy down to 0℉) 
      6-10 outdoors
   Map 6-10 outdoors
Mature Height:
30-40 ft.
Mature Width:
6-10 ft.
Growth Rate:
Botanical Name:
Murray X Cypress
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Product Description

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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kathy treffert

Very nice web site. Easy to navigate. Good pictures. Easy straightforward ordering

My 20 trees arrived in a healthy condition. I followed the directions supplied for unpacking and planting. All the trees are planted and doing well.


Doing great so far in these North Georgia mountains

Planted these as a barrier to some neighbors doing great so far. Trees are about two months old and are showing some growth. .

Christy Craven

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.

Greg Strollo

They were much smaller than expected but healthy time will tell!

They were much smaller than expected but healthy time will tell! Delayed shipping worked out well negotiate with the salesmen on the phone they usually will Work with you

Craig McKinley

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.

Planting & Care

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, the Improved 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.

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