|Latin Name||Cuprocyparis leylandii|
|Common Name||Leyland Cypress|
|Position||Full sun or part shade, sheltered or exposed.|
|Soil||Will survive in any well drained soil.|
|Rate of Growth||Fast|
|Garden Care||Hedging or topiary forms will require regular trimming.|
|Pruning||No pruning required, but can be trimmed and shaped as required as long as cuts are confined to young green shoots. Old wood will not resprout|
The Leyland Cypress is a large, very fast-growing evergreen tree. Its ability to grow quickly has made it very popular to use as a hedging and screening plant to ensure privacy and absorb sound. Its one of the most commonly planted trees in Britain. Leylandii can grow at over 90cm (3ft) a year. The Leyland cypress has small dark green scale leaves in flat sprays. The density of the foliage makes the species ideal for hedging and screening but also for certain forms of topiary.