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Varieties of Trees
 

Leyland Cypress

x Cupressocyparis leylandii

Description:

There are many cultivars of Leyland cypress. The foliage varies from one cultivar to the next. In general the foliage is arranged in irregular flat planes. The shoots branch frequently and can easily be shaped into a pleasing Christmas tree. We have two cultivars on our farm. Leighton green has a medium green color and a medium texture while Murray has a dark green color and a more coarse texture. The trees have exceptional needle holding capacity and have little aroma.

Unshaped Leyland cypress trees have low branch strength. Shaped Leyland Cypress trees will have moderate branch strength to exceptional branch strength, depending on the shearing practices used.

 Leyland cypress trees are a hybrid of Monterey cypress (Cupressus macrocarpa) and Alaskan cedar (Chamaecyparis nootkatensis). They were first discovered in 1888 by C. J. Leyland at Leighton Hall in the South of Wales. The two parent trees were growing on the Estate and cross bred purely by accident.

The first rooted cuttings arrived in United States in California in 1941.Their potential for use as a Christmas tree was discovered in South Carolina in 1965.

These trees are rapidly growing in popularity as Christmas trees throughout the southeast.


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Six Mile, SC  |   864-868-9487

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