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x Cuprocyparis leylandii

Leyland cypress

Makes a dense evergreen hedge

A large, fast growing tree with dense bright green leaves that is tolerant of a wide range of growing conditions.


Makes a dense thick evergreen hedge of almost any size. A great windbreak and screening plant and a valuable refuge for wildlife.


The trick with leylandii is to keep the hedge at a manageable height and trim it once a year to keep it at that height and width.

The fastest growing conifer in the UK

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Conifer
Foliage colour
Season of interest Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 150 cm - 250 cm
Plant width 300 cm - 550 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 250 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H5

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Garden edging