Leyland cypress trees have a variety of light requirements. They need full shade, part shade, and full sunlight. The cypress will grow in several different soils. This tree needs to be planted on a well drained place. Leyland Cypress can grow in sand, clay, loam and will also grow in both acidic and alkaline soils. It can tolerate salt and dry conditions.
Always remember how fast this tree grows and allow for the size. Try not to plant a cypress too close to another tree. In most cases, these trees should be planted at least ten feet apart.
Leyland Cypress grows fast and needs to be pruned early or it can get out of hand. The first growing season the sideshoots should be trimmed at the beginning of the season. The sides should be trimmed lightly in July. If the sides are trimmed the following year denser growth could be seen. Trim the sides each year, but don't trim the top until the wanted height is reached. If this tree is topped and trimmed regularly, it should keep the tree from gettin increasingly large.
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