Leyland Cypress - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by firexyz0
April 6, 2009
I would like to keep the tree trimed so it will not get no more then 10ft tall and 4ft wide, can i?thank you.

Answer from NGA
April 6, 2009


Leyland cypresses can grow 3-4 feet a year and reach an ultimate height of 30-40 feet with a 12-15 foot spread. While you can prune yours each year, I don't think you will be able to keep it only 10 feet tall and 4 feet wide. Instead, why not grow a Dwarf Alberta spruce (Picea glauca 'Conica') which remains under 10' at maturity, or a Hick's Yew. These won't require severe pruning the way a Leyland Cypress will and they will provide that evergreen look to your landscape.

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