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October 13, 2011 12:00 AM

Local gardening: The history and the future of the Leyland Cypress

Leyland Cypress


X Cupressocyparis leylandi

, was thought to be the plant world’s equivalent of a mule. Its parents are the

Monterey Cypress


Cupressus macrocarpa

) and the

Alaskan Cypress

(of the genus

Chamaecyparis, Xanthocyparis

, or others depending on who’s looking at its DNA). Like many organisms, the Leylands exhibit “hybrid vigor,” and their growth rate can be remarkable – up to three feet a year.

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