The Q&A Archives: Brownish Leyland Cypress

Question: I had a landscaper transplant three small Leyland Cypress trees (approx 3 feet tall, in place two seasons) last fall - had to move them a few feet farther from a property line. They had a tough winter, heavy winds, and now, though they appear flexible, not brittle for the most part, they are mostly brownish in color on one side of the leaves, though green on the other. I don't know if they can rebound quickly or if I should get it over with now and replace them. Would appreciate your thoughts whether the current condition indicates that they'll die or remain sickly. Thanks -

Answer: It's usually better to transplant evergreens in the spring to minimize transplant shock and reduce the chance of them drying out in the winter. These are very tough plants, so as long as the branches are alive, I think I would be patient for a month or two and see if they green up. Treat them as you would any newly planted shrubs and make sure to keep the soil evenly moist (but not sopping wet) for at least a full year.

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