x Cupressocyparis leylandii
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.
cypress trees have low branch strength. Shaped
trees will have moderate
branch strength to exceptional branch strength, depending on the
shearing practices used.
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