20121202_Leyland Cypress [ Leylandii ] Hedge – A bit bigger than you’d imagine a hedge to be.

20121202_Leyland Cypress [ Leylandii ] Hedge – A bit bigger than you’d imagine a hedge to be.

Whilst doing a circular walk starting and finishing in Blockley in the Cotswolds, during the morning we’d swung southwards heading into an area on my map called Bourton Downs. As we crested a rise, we joined a farm track running down the side of a Leylandii hedge.

20121202-10_Leylandii Hedge - Leyland Cypress by gary.hadden

Now, you’ve probably got an image of a garden hedge of about 6 or 7 feet high – Well, this one was a tad bigger than this, difficult to say just how tall but, at a guess, at least 35 to 40 feet high and really thick in depth as well, obviously being used as a major wind screen.

A hybrid cross between The Alaskan Cypress [hardy] and The Monterey Cypress of California [fast growing], I’ve read that these trees can grow to 115 feet tall and maybe more (that’s a lot of tree) and can grow at a rate of over 2.5 feet per year. If there’s ever an advert to persuade people to never plant Leylandii Trees in their town gardens then this should be it – Apart from these plants wanting to be huge stand alone trees, they are also in my humble opinion very drab ugly trees – Don’t do it! Please find a better, more apt, prettier hedging plant to grow.

I you are an aficionado of the plant in small town gardens, and for some reason you actually like these trees, I think we will always  have a difference in opinion.

Anyway, enough of that, T.T.F.N. Gary.

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