Leland Cypress and a similar looking tree

stev379November 16, 2010

We have a row of about 20 evergreens (I don't believe they're Lelands), providing great privacy between us and the house in front of ours. Our neighbors have a row of Leland Cypress trees that look much healthier providing tremendous privacy between them and the house in front of theirs.

We moved here 6 months ago and I want to add to or replace our evergreens because they are looking a little bare in spots - maybe a result of the east coast snow last winter. I'm not sure what they are. I can provide a picture if it would help. They're the same height as the Lelands (approx 42' +-), and the green branches hang down, sort of drooping.

I can't afford to purchase a bunch of 6' Lelands for a few years and want to work with babies or maybe buy one 6 footer and snip some branches to grow new Lelands.

Any suggestions on how to snip Leland Cypress branches and spawn new trees? Even if I get a new one that's a few feet tall and established, can I plant it in with the current row of evergreens or does it need more root room. The current trees get sun pretty much all day so the new Lelands will only be limited by the shade of the current evergreens. I do have other space to plant small Lelands until established, then move them if necessary.

Thanks for any help or suggestions!!

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well to clone trees you have to cut off a few inches off the branch of a tree that is healthy and has good form.You would cut on a 45 degree angle and then dip the tips in root tone hormone powder.You can find root tone at Lowes. After that, you put the cutting in a bucket filled with warm wet sand placing them straight up with cut end sticking in the sand. You can then put some plastic wrap over the bucket to increase the humidity.Place the bucket in a location out of direct sunlight.Leave the cutting in their for a couple of weeks. After that, you should pot them up and gradually introduce them to more sunlight. Always make sure that the soil never dries out. There are some cloning videos on youtube if you want some more information.

    Bookmark   November 16, 2010 at 5:42PM
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dan_staley(5b/SS 2b AHS 6-7)

You can't simply cut at any old time and dip in hormone and have a cutting that will make it. Don't know off the top of my head, but surely The Google has something under the Latin name + propagation.


    Bookmark   November 16, 2010 at 5:57PM
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Yea like Dan said now is not the time to do this. It would have to be done in late spring/summer.

    Bookmark   November 16, 2010 at 6:05PM
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First things first. Leyland Cypress. I left the 'y' out earlier.

Et al,
Great info! No rush since it'll be years before they'll reach a height that provides privacy. I wonder - if I use some of my wife's old grow lamps - they would grow indoors while properly attended to. Guess it won't cost me much to try. I do have some root hormone and it's inexpensive enough to try a little indoor project with hopes of replanting in spring. If they make it till then and die, I would only be starting over about the same time I should have waited for anyway. And then I'll have some form of experience.
All that remains is to learn if an established baby tree will grow when planted near\within the current row of trees...??
I'll check out the YouTube as well. Thanks!!

    Bookmark   November 16, 2010 at 6:56PM
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Now's a great time to pick up 1 gallon evergreens like leyland cypress at just about any garden center for under $10 a piece.

To answer your question as to what is it, post a picture. Without that all we can do is guess. I would guess maybe alaska cypress.

    Bookmark   November 16, 2010 at 7:05PM
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While we're on the subject of planting a privacy screen, it really is a better practice to mix up the planting rather than plant a solid row of any one thing.
It's a lot cheaper too because you'll need fewer trees overall.

    Bookmark   November 16, 2010 at 7:06PM
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I have a spoonful of Hinoki Cypress seeds if you'd like to plant any of them for a screen. The parent trees have a ragged conical shape about 18-25' high with vertical sprays of dark green foliage. They tend to be a tad more open than Leylands. Foliage texture is similar to Leylands. They should grow bigger where you are. Send me an email.

    Bookmark   November 17, 2010 at 4:45PM
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