Leyland Cypress Alternatives

Over the last decade or so Leyland cypress became extremely popular as screening plants. They provided homeowners with a very rapidly growing screen and served to fill the gap in the choice of screening plants left when red-tip photinias began to suffer from severe leaf spot disease problems.Unfortunately, the same circumstances that led to the loss of viability of red-tips as landscape plantings are now affecting the use of Leyland cypress for screening. When a plant becomes so popular that it is planted everywhere, formerly minor pest problems can develop into major problems.

To learn about the problems that affect Leyland cypress as well as recommended alternatives to Leyland cypress, please visit HGIC 1025, Leyland Cypress Alternatives.

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