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NATidefan
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Let's talk leyland cypress...
I keep seeing negative things about them dying all the time on here....

But, from what I read on line they are pretty disease resistant and the main reasons that they die are because they are planted to close together.

This cause two issues.

1) If there is a drought they dont get enough water

2) If there is too much water they get root rot that spreads to the one next to it.


Anyone planted them the recommended 8 feet apart and made sure they were in well drained soil that had them die like crazy on you?

My mom has several and hers are all doing well.

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fishfighter
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Member since Apr 2008
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re: Let's talk leyland cypress...
I had planted them 10' apart. Problem, I planted them to close to the house. Had to cut them down. They got 25'to 30' tall when I had cut them down. Very pretty trees.


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Art Vandelay
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re: Let's talk leyland cypress...
I had trouble with them at my house in Thibodaux. Could have been not enough water or too hot when I planted. I planted about 15 of them. The ones that did survive barely grew. Maybe a foot or so in several years.


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FlyinTiger93
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re: Let's talk leyland cypress...
Bug prone in some areas. Need to be sprayed in the summers, here in Texas.


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Bonnie Blue
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re: Let's talk leyland cypress...
I planted 25 about 8 years ago here in middle Tennessee. I planted them about 8 feet apart and they were only 3 feet tall. Now 24 of them are still alive and about 25 feet tall. I’m a big fan of them.


nated14
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re: Let's talk leyland cypress...
When is the best time to plant in South Louisiana?


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NATidefan
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Two hours North of Birmingham
Member since Dec 2008
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re: Let's talk leyland cypress...
I'm in North Alabama, so fairly close to your zone I would imagine. I'm in zone 7.


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LSUEnvy
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re: Let's talk leyland cypress...
I had 2 planted on either side of my driveway entrance and were growing well for 3 yrs before a type of caterpillar wiped them out.


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NATidefan
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Two hours North of Birmingham
Member since Dec 2008
29520 posts

re: Let's talk leyland cypress...
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When is the best time to plant in South Louisiana?


The best time to plant just about any tree is early winter/late fall especially after it goes dormant (if they do).

From what I've read bare root trees do best because they have never been grown in a container.

I ordered some trees (not leylands) from arbor day and they are supposed to ship between Nov 25 and Dec 10.

I found a place that sells bare root Leylands for around 2 dollars a piece and am probably gonna order them soon.
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Zappas Stache
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re: Let's talk leyland cypress...
quote:

This cause two issues.

1) If there is a drought they dont get enough water

2) If there is too much water they get root rot that spreads to the one next to it.



That's a big issue. diseases that get them are Seiridium Canker, Botryosphaeria Canker, and Cercospora Needle Blight are all common diseases that can affect foliage, stems, and branches. These are the common diseases that will cause branches or the whole tree to turn brown. There are also some root diseases such as Phytophthora root rot caused by Phytophthora cinnamomi, and Annosus root rot caused by Heterobasidion annosum. These diseases spread quickly from tree to tree and can eventually kill off your whole privacy screen. But they are also susceptible to environmental stresses such as heat/cold/dry/wet. AND....Its a big AND....they are short lived; 25 years max under ideal conditions.


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Geauxld Finger
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Baton Rouge
Member since Jan 2005
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re: Let's talk leyland cypress...
They don’t work in south Louisiana.
It’s too wet.

They would do well in Alabama or Georgia imo


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