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Question: Recently watching a BBC America program they were discussing a hedge that grows 4 feet a year. I understood them to call it lelandi or lelandia. Apparently it grows so tall that it can block the sun to neighboring yards and therefore not desirable in all situations if not trimmed. This hedge appeared more like a tree. I would like to know if you can tell me what this might be. As I live in a climate similar to the UK I think this might be something I could consider for privacy in my backyard (southern exposure). Thank you for any potential answers.

Answer: The plant is probably Cupressocyparis leylandii, or Leyland Cypress. It grows very fast (15-20 feet in 5 years) and is often planted in your gardening region as a quick screening. However, it can become open and floppy with age. The plant develops long, slender, upright branches of flattened, gray-green foliage. It grows in a wide variety of soils, tolerates windy sites and prefers full sunshine and regular watering. Leyland Cypress is a pyramidal tree, but in youth looks more like a shrub, similar to Thuja (Pyramidalis).

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