Cupressocyparis leylandii, or Leyland cypress, is a very popular and fast-growing plant. It gives instant privacy, but this point is both a positive and negative fact. They simply grow too big.

Pruning is essential in keeping the Leyland cypress in check, and this presents other problems. If not pruned correctly, you may end up with a thicket of dead branches, or the base of the plant will become bare. Unlike yew and laurel, Leyland cypress cannot be cut back into bare wood.

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