Leyland cypress? - The HuntingPA.com Outdoor Community
 3Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-28-2016, 11:20 AM Thread Starter
Regular Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: NC
Posts: 2,119
Back To Top
Leyland cypress?

Does leyland cypress grow in PA?

I've never seen any but its widely planted in the mtns of NC, SC and TN.

I know the Lowes stores in the south carry it but haven't seen any at the stores around Pittsburgh.

Would it worth trying some for a screen or cover?


Thanks
Dobsonknob is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-28-2016, 01:11 PM
Diehard Outdoorsman
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: SC PA
Posts: 3,886
Back To Top
Sorry, I don't have any experience with those.
OAWC is offline  
post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-28-2016, 11:39 PM Thread Starter
Regular Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: NC
Posts: 2,119
Back To Top
Thanks

I guess I will have to bring some up and try them.
Dobsonknob is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-29-2016, 07:04 AM
Diehard Outdoorsman
 
ng270's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Mifflintown, PA
Posts: 2,805
Back To Top
I haven't tried them. I considered using them in a road screen, but ultimately decided to use something that wasn't sterile (i.e., pines and spruces) so that they would still produce some food for birds and smaller wildlife species. I can't say how much deer may browse them, but from my reading online, it doesn't seem to be an issue except possibly in very high deer density (suburban?) areas.

I didn't consider them for cover plantings elsewhere just because they don't reputedly offer any real food value to wildlife, and most places I was/am planting I prefer pines as potential future turkey roost trees.

Everything I could find online at that time said that they do fine in Zone 6, so I don't see why they shouldn't do well here in PA. If you try them here, I'll be interested to see how they do for you!
Dobsonknob likes this.

Home: 4D & 4B. Camp: 2G & Kentucky
ng270 is offline  
post #5 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-29-2016, 09:01 AM
Hooked on HuntingPa
 
3 Jaegers's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: 5B
Posts: 331
Back To Top
I had 14 of them planted as a row / wind block. They grew fast (3' a yr) but caught some mysterious blight and all died within a 2 month period. I had a buck completely destroy 1/2 of one til I fenced them off.

Talked to a landscape buddy and he said the leylands have alot of issues. There's another tree similar but far more hardy. Will try to dig up the name of the species.

Still steaming from my $1800 investment.
Dobsonknob and outofstater like this.
3 Jaegers is offline  
post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-29-2016, 01:39 PM Thread Starter
Regular Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: NC
Posts: 2,119
Back To Top
I have not seen deer browse them here in NC.

A lot of folks plant northern white cedar instead of leyland cypress but I know deer love white cedars.

I see small birds roost in big leyland cypress. Which made me interested in trying some up north for bird cover.
Dobsonknob is offline  
post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-02-2017, 12:06 AM
The Man
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Md.
Posts: 5,728
Back To Top
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dobsonknob View Post
Does leyland cypress grow in PA?

I've never seen any but its widely planted in the mtns of NC, SC and TN.

I know the Lowes stores in the south carry it but haven't seen any at the stores around Pittsburgh.

Would it worth trying some for a screen or cover?


Thanks
Yes they will grow in Pa. I'm from 2 mile south of Pa. Line and seen a guy had several planted as like a fence. I could not believe how fast and tall they grew like someone said 3' every year. I wanted some for my Pa property to distract the road hunters at night flinging arrows in my yard. I could not get them at time and used Green Giant arbv. They didn't do bad but was not as quick growing as I wanted. I then 2 years later got around 8 of the Leyland and put in behind the others. Only problem if a buck rubs them your kind of screwed. I finally have some things around 6-7' now and does make it tough for the road hunters now. To answer your question it depends on how many you want and how cheap you can get them. I'm actually a landscape contractor but not in to shrubbery I bought these from a buddy competitor that has a nursery.

Last edited by outofstater; 01-02-2017 at 12:09 AM. Reason: add on
outofstater is offline  
post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-02-2017, 01:02 AM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Carbon County Pa/Kidder Township
Posts: 19,175
Back To Top
We have them on several of our campuses for landscaping and they do grow here in Pa. quite hardily in fact.
One location we have them as a privacy barrier and in a little over 12 years have grown to over 45 feet tall. All the other places they are around buildings and are kept to around a height of 20'.
Our crews use bucket trucks and chainsaws to shape them and top them on a every-other season schedule. They grow over 3' a year and waiting longer makes them harder to shape and start looking more like a hedge.

They do what they were put in place for but wouldn't be my first choice if I was using them on my property.
Birch812 is offline  
post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-02-2017, 10:16 AM
Banned
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: County 44
Posts: 1,186
Back To Top
I put 10 of them in across the back of my property 2 years ago they were knee high. They are taller then me now. I put them 5' apart and they are almost touching each other now.
Central pa.
Shed Antler is offline  
post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-06-2017, 12:24 PM
Part of the Community
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Royersford, PA
Posts: 214
Back To Top
They definitely grow. Costco usually has them for a reason price in the spring. I think they were about 3' for $17 last year. That's cheaper than any of the nurseries I checked with.

A word of warning with Leylands. They need to be watered if it gets dry, in the first year or so of planting. I lost a planting of about 10 during a hot/dry spell 2 summers ago.

Regarding deer bothering them, I haven't had many problems. Bucks have rubbed up against a few in the fall, only really damaging one, but it's recovered pretty well. This is at my house, in the suburbs, with a very high deer density. They ate up a bunch of my holly and roses bushes 3 winters ago.
RGrizzzz is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The HuntingPA.com Outdoor Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome