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Leyland Cypress -
Cupressocyparis leylandii (latin)
Area of origin: Hybrid of cupressus macrocarpa and chamaecyparis nootkantensis.
Adult Dimensions: Height up to 30 m (98.4') width up to 10m (32.8').
Soil Type: All.
Hardiness: Hardy to -24°C.
Exposure: Full sun.
Speed of growth: Up to 1m in the first year.
Characteristics and Uses: The Leyland Cypress is today the most widely used tree for the composition of screening and wind- breaking hedges. The green “walls” obtained are very dense and will protect you very quickly against prying eyes. Very vigorous and resistant to disease, the Leyland Cypress lends itself well to pruning.
List of Cypress:
Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum), deciduous foliage, acid and humid soil, browny yellow foliage in the autumn
Boulevard Sawara False Cypress (Chamaecyparis pisifera
'Boulevard'), dwarf conifer, rounded weeping shape, bright green foliage with hints of white
Italian Pencil Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens 'stricta'), narrow columnar shape
Italian Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens pyramidalis), narrow columnar shape
Lawson Cypress (Chamaecyparis lawsoniana), conical shape and dense foliage, citronella scented bark, can be used in a hedge, dislikes chalky soil
Lawson Cypress 'Columnaris Glauca' (Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Columnaris Glauca'), dwarf conifer, conical shape, blue grey foliage
Lawson Cypress 'Ellwoodii' (Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Ellwoodii'), dwarf conifer, conical shape, green grey foliage
Lawson Cypress 'Ellwood's Gold' (Chamaecyaris lawsoniana 'Elwood's Gold'), dwarf conifer, conical shape, golden green foliage
Monterey Cypress (Cupressus macrocarpa), rapid growth, spreading shape increasing with age, citronella scented needles, can be used in a hedge
See the Cypress catalogue
Other plants used for hedges compositions:
Abelia grandiflora, beautiful pinkish white blossom throughout summer
Box Leaved Honeysuckle (Lonicera nitida), beautiful foliage reminiscent of the box tree, ideal in low hedges
Common Box (Buxus sempervirens), shiny green foliage, long life expectancy,
ideal in low hedges
Common Gorse (Ulex europaeus), abundant and fragrant blossom, ideal for
defensive hedges, dislikes chalky soil
Common Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus 'Rotundifolia'), bright green foliage, white blossom in clusters, dislikes chalky soil
Common Yew (Taxus baccata), dark green foliage, toxic red berries and
Dwarf Japanese mock orange, height up to 1m. White flowers, with the fragrance of orange blossom, dark bright green foliage, hardy to -10°C
Eleagnus ebbingei (Elaeagnus ebbingei), extremely fragrant white flowers from September through to December, silvery green foliage
Escallonia 'Iveyi'), fragrant white blossom from July through to September, hardy to -10°C
Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus), extremely beautiful marcescent foliage
Japanese Mock Orange (Pittosporum tobira), white flowers, with the fragrance of orange blossom, dark bright green foliage, hardy to -10°C
Laurustinus (Viburnum tinus), evergreen foliage, white blossom from November through to April
Lawson Cypress (Chamaecyparis lawsoniana), conical shape and dense foliage, its bark smells like citronella, dislikes chalky soil
Oval Leaved Privet (Ligustrum ovalifolium), white flowers in July, in panicle, semi-evergreen foliage, hardy to -30°C
Photinia x fraseri 'Red Robin', juvenile red shoots, white umbrella shaped blossom in spring, dislikes chalky soil and harsh frosts
Portugal Laurel (Prunus lusitanica), white blossom in June, shiny green foliage
Red Japanese Barberry (Berberis thunbergii 'atropurpurea'), crimson foliage and yellow flowers with hints of red in the spring, ideal in protective hedges, deciduous
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