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Arizona (Zone 9a)
copaaz
Jan 24, 2018 11:29 PM CST
I am planting about 20 Leyland Cyress' and I want to run some uplighting to showcase the display at night. What do you suppose would be a good spacing for the lighting to accomplish this?
Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Jan 25, 2018 6:13 AM CST
Shrug! Well...how far apart will you be spacing the trees?
Are you using battery or solar lights/lights? or direct/hardwired lights?
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~"Leaf of Faith"
Arizona (Zone 9a)
copaaz
Jan 25, 2018 10:41 AM CST
We'll be spacing them about 5-6 feet apart. They will stretch out for about 88ft in an L shape along our left side wall and back wall. We'll hardwired lighting.
Arizona (Zone 9a)
copaaz
Jan 26, 2018 3:20 PM CST
any ideas?
Name: greene
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greene
Jan 27, 2018 8:19 AM CST
I'm sorry that no one has yet . Shrug! Perhaps it is because folks who have grown Leyland Cypress over the years are...(how to put this politely?) stifling a yawn at the thought of yet another row of Leyland Cypress soldiers lined up in a neat row Yes, it is a fast-growing tree, but...they get out of hand, need trimming, get blown down when a big wind comes along, and by the time they reach their full size, they up and die. Also prone to several pests and diseases. Ouch, sorry. Sad

Not to send you off-site but here is a link to the trees to avoid and why:
http://www.finegardening.com/f...

But your question was about lighting.
Okay, hardwired, good. Thumbs up
If it were my row of trees (Leyland Cypress or any other type), I would opt for backlighting with double spotlights. I don't know how much space/room you allowed behind the row of trees, but backlighting, using adjustable double spots, will enhance the look of the trees without shining into your neighbor's yard. Adding a second row of spotlights to illuminate the front of the trees would be nice as long as it is subtle.

I can picture this in my mind's eye, but cannot find a suitable image on the internet to show what I mean so I hope my words will suffice. When I'm looking for inspiration/ideas I like to take a drive at night over in what I call 'the rich folks' neighborhood' to get lighting ideas. Since you did not include your location I cannot direct you to where those rich folks are living. Whistling

Hope this helps. I tip my hat to you.
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~"Leaf of Faith"
Arizona (Zone 9a)
copaaz
Feb 3, 2018 11:53 AM CST
Thank you for the info on the LC. Most of the problems caused should not affect me as I do not plan to be living in this home past 7-8 years from now. I obviously don't want to plant a tree that is constantly causing me problems, however if said problems do not pronounce themselves until the tree is 20+ years old then it's not a problem for me. I want/need a hedge that I can grow to about 15 feet tall and just maintain it at that height. Do you know of a tree that is fast growing and doesn't come with all the problems, that'll create a great hedge? Keep in mind that I am in Arizona.

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