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Cupressocyparis leylandii 'Naylor's Blue' (Leyland cypress)

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Plant description

cupressocyparis leylandii naylors blue

cupressocyparis leylandii naylors blue.

Cupressocyparis leylandii 'Naylor's Blue' is a large evergreen tree. It is a fast growing conifer, used for hedges, screens and wind breaks. It grows to around 10 to 12 metres tall, and 3 to 5 metres wide, and has beautiful blue-grey foliage. It can be trimmed to a large hedge, to around 3-5 metres tall. It likes a cool to temperate climate and does well on a wide range of soils. Tolerates frost and salt spray, as well as air pollution.

This tree is also known as Cupressus x leylandii. It is a hybrid of the Monterey cypress and the Alaskan cypress, and is one of the fastest growing conifers.

This tree is susceptible to cypress canker, a serious fungal disease which can kill the plant. Good plant nutrition will help to keep the tree healthy. The fungus interferes with sap conduction, causing limb browning and die back. Treat with a fungicide, or remove and plant a less susceptible species.

Further reading: Hedges and Pruning a hedge in 7 steps (articles written by horticulturalist Angus Stewart).

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: not specified
Flowering season: not specified

Plant size

Maximum height: 12 metres
Minimum height: 10 metres

Maximum width: 5 metres
Minimum width: 3 metres

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
High frost tolerance.
Plant is salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Not specified.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: dry, moist, well-drained.

Clay: moist, well-drained.

Sand: moist, well-drained.

Soil pH: 5.5-7.5

Diseases

Cypress canker

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: Any.

Types of fertiliser: Good general purpose fertiliser.

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