Conifer – Cypress Leighton Green is the Most Common

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There are so many varieties of Conifer, one page won’t do it justice. They come in everything from very slow growing dwarf varieties (and we’re talking mega-slow) to the much faster growing varieties like Cypress “Leighton Green”. We’re keeping our write-up to the latter because it’s becoming such a popular hedging plant. Why? Simple. Versatility. From low-ish boundary hedge to extra tall windbreak, Leighton Green does it all, and without gaps!

Cypress Leighton Green forms a pyramidal shape ie they’re naturally bushy at the base and continue to be so as they grow in height. Unlike many hedging plants, you’re unlikely to have a hedge with too many gaps at the base. In fact, you’re unlikely to have any gaps at all. Another advantage is they love being pruned to shape and can tolerate a narrow look without losing too much of the bushiness. Lastly, formality is so easy to achieve and maintain. If you’re after flowers, don’t go here. If you’re after an impenetrable boundary of manageable height, it’s hard to beat.

Biggest Positive: Fast growing, responds to the clippers and a formal look

Biggest Negative: Can grow to quite a height – 15m or more if left unclipped, plus a little fungal disease known as Cypress Canker

NameCupressocyparis leylandiiLeighton Green
LeafNewDark Green
OldDark Green
FlowerColourNot Seen
Time of Year
SizeHeight1.5m to tall wind break
Width1m to several metres

If you have the room purchase at least 1 extra plant for every 20 in your hedge. plant it/them out elsewhere in the garden for transplantation should something go wrong with your hedge.

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