The Leyland Cypress makes privacy and borders quickly
I don't think this will do for my purposes but it is used successfully to create a privacy barrier quickly. This plant is a hybrid between the Monterrey Cypress and the Alaskan Cypress. It can be trimmed to be a hedge or let grow tall to shade and protect. It is shallow rooted and so can topple over and does not like hot summers which eliminates it as my choice.
However, it takes windy and salty sea air very nicely so if you're near the ocean this is a good choice. Apparently, it is used in England often for hedges and I find it funny that In 2005 in the United Kingdom, an estimated 17,000 people were at loggerheads over high hedges, which led to violence and in at least one case murder! There is an Anti-Social Behaviour Act which gave a way for people affected by high hedges to have the hedges reduced in height. In May 2008, UK resident Christine Wright won a 24 year legal battle to have her neighbour's Leylandii trees cut down for blocking sunlight to her garden.
This is quite a different mind set than in the USA, but then I guess there is more room here for wind breaks, hedges and gardens. If you're interested in a fast growing hedge or windbreak, the Leyland Cyress is a good choice.
At Naylor's Blue Leyland Cypress Tree/Shrub/Windbreaker
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Posted by Marilyn Renaker at November 30, 2010 3:10 AM