Roots of Leyland cypress - Knowledgebase Question

punta gorda, Fl
Question by lassey
April 13, 2009
i bought the above cypress from home depot this weekend, my husband said to plant it far from the fence because of cypress root knots , on line it states nothing abount knots could you find out before i plant it , thank you virginia lassey

Answer from NGA
April 13, 2009


A healthy, well cared for Leyland Cypress should not develop root problems nor should the roots grow above the soil. Your soil is sandy and therefore should be easy for the roots to penetrate. I don't think the roots will grow above the soil line and because of this I don't think they will be susceptible to root knots. Keep your tree well watered by watering infrequently but deeply and the roots should grow down, not out and up. Best wishes with your new tree.

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