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Leyland Cypress (Leylandii) X Cuprocyparis leylandii (Cupressaceae) HEIGHT to 35m. Evergreen hybrid between the Monterey and Nootka Cypresses (see pp 34-37), first raised in 1888. Normally a tall, narrowly conical tree; densely foliaged, fast-growing and hardy. BARK Reddish-brown with thin vertical ridges; usually hidden by dense branches. BRANCHES Arise along whole length of trunk, and are almost vertical, with a dense growth of green shoots. LEAVES Pointed, scale-like and about 2mm long. REPRODUCTIVE PARTS Male and female cones are seldom produced, but occur on same tree. Male cones are small and yellow, growing at tips of shoots; release pollen in March. Female cones are up to 3cm across, rounded with 8 scales bearing pointed processes; green at first, becoming brown and shiny. STATUS AND DISTRIBUTION Manmade hybrid, hence does not have a native range; today, very widespread in parks and gardens. Tolerant of most soil types.
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