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Lewisville, NC 27023
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Cypress trees love wet areas and grow very fast, however they have an
amazing ability to also deal with drought, therefore they are easy to
grow as Christmas trees. Leyland Cypress trees vary in color from a dark
green to a lighter almost yellow green depending on the cultivation. The
needles of the tree are not as sharp as other Christmas tree varieties,
and are also scale like. Leyland Cypress trees are a popular choice for
landscaping yards and creating privacy for neighbors.
The name Leyland cypress is used to describe a group of trees where all the members are sterile hybrids. There are no naturally occurring Leyland cypress. They must be propagated by rooted cuttings.
This tree is a hybrid of Monterey cypress (Cupressus macrocarpa) and Alaskan cedar (Chamaecyparis nootkatensis). In 1888, six seedlings were discovered by C.J. Leyland at Leighton Hall in the South of Wales. The two parent trees were growing on the Estate and cross bred purely by accident. Intergeneric crossbreeding is a rare occurrence in plants and particularly in conifers.
Mr. Leyland continued to develop the trees with the assistance of his nephew J.M. Naylor during the early 1900's. In 1941, rooted cuttings arrived in United States, through California, for the first time. Then in 1965, they found their way to South Carolina where their potential for use as Christmas trees became apparent to Dr. Roland Schoenike (of the Clemson University Forestry Department), Marvin Gaffney (Director of Nurseries for the South Carolina Forestry Commission) and Tom Wright (a private Christmas tree grower and NCTA Director).
The Leyland cypress is used as an ornamental and as a wind break and it has become a valued landscape plant and one of the most sought after trees in the southeastern states.
If you are interested in ordering Leland Cypress trees or have any questions about the process, we'd love to hear from you.
Contact us to discuss your specific Christmas tree needs. Call Loretta Shore at 336-414-7267, email us, or use our online request form.
Please click on theses links for more information about the wholesale trees that we offer:
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Blue Spruce | Leyland Cypress