The Q&A Archives: Cypress Hedge

Question: I love the look of the sheared cypress hedges that I have seen in photos of gardens in the French riviera and would like to duplicate it in my garden. However, I only want the hedges to be at most 10 feet tall.

Do you know what particular type of cypress is typically used in the French riviera hedges, and what type would you suggest for my garden?

Answer: I don't really know which plant is used on the French Riviera, but I do know that Italian Cypress or Leyland Cypress will grow into a 10' tall hedge. Consider:

Italian Cypress ?Glauca? (Blue Italian Cypress) Blue-green foliage highlights the pencil thin growth habit of this cypress. It is an ideal vertical element in a garden and irreplaceable for a Mediterranean effect. Grows 8-10? in ten years. At 10? tall it may be only 1? wide. After many years it may reach 20-30? tall and still be only 3-4? wide.

?Swaine?s Golden? Grows into a pencil-thin golden column. Protect in youth as hardiness increases with age. Grows to about 6? in ten years.

?Totem? - Totem Cypress is an extremely narrow and tight growing column of dark green foliage.

Cuppressus leylandii (Leyland Cypress) A fast growing conifer that makes an unbelievably quick growing hedge or a large specimen. Can reach 10-20? in ten years. Easily sheared into smaller hedges.

?Castlewellen Gold? - Slower growing, only 10-15? in ten years, this plant takes on a golden cast in cool weather and during times of new growth. Smaller size and tighter growth habit and make this the best choice of this group for hedging.

?Naylor?s Blue? - Blue cast to foliage and a more open, lax growth habit. 10-15? tall in ten years.

Hope one of these hedging plants appeals to you!

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