Leyland cypress Cupressaceae xHesperotropsis
leylandii (Dallim. & A.B. Jacks.) Dallim. symbol: HELE4
|Leaf: Evergreen, fine, scale-like foliage, arranged in decussate pairs, individual leaves 1/16 to 1/8 inch long, green to bluish-green above and below, arranged in flat sprays.
Flower: Species is monoecious; not showy, males small (1/8 inch) reddish brown terminal cones; females sightly larger, round, yellow-green.
Fruit: Round, small cone, 1/2 to 3/4 inch diameter, brown, rarely fruits.
Twig: Flattened or quadrangular branchlets.
Bark: Reddish brown, scaly when young, later developing gray weathered strips.
Form: Medium sized tree reaching 60 to 70 feet in landscape, narrow, oblong crown.
Looks like: Alaska yellow-cedar
- Monterey cypress
- Hinoki falsecypress
| Additional Range Information:
xHesperotropsis leylandii is planted in the USDA
hardiness zones shown above and is not known to widely escape
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson