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Old 10-24-2010, 03:53 PM
 
Location: Little Rock AR USA
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While daughters Leylands were struggling the first two or three years, others in town were growing like weeds, so, we suspected that soil and wetness was/is the key.
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Old 10-25-2010, 02:50 PM
 
Location: Aiken, South Carolina, US of A
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Leyland cypress in SOuth Carolina get soooo big, so fast.
Everyone has them.
We have sandy soil and hot weather, which makes a difference
in the amount of time during the eyar the trees can grow.
They will not "hibernate" so to speak, under 40 degrees F.
They grow.
Our winters in Jan and Feb the average daily temp is around 58.
SO, they have more growing time down here in the winter.
Don't worry about your trees, they will grow for you after they
get "established".
I do understand what you are talkiing about in regards to your neighbors.
I planted bamboo. We'll see, I didn't care anymore.
Good Luck!
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Old 10-25-2010, 10:58 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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Leyland Cypress in many areas are prone to getting infested with mites. My grandparents planted over a hundred of them and now 1/3 of them are gone, the mites get in one and then spread to the next. Many people have started using Arborvitae recently, but only time will tell if they start having problems too.
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Old 10-25-2010, 11:30 PM
 
Location: Land of Free Johnson-Weld-2016
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The trees die after 20 years. I'm replacing mine with loblolly pines. I actually got to know my neighbors, and I like them LOL plus they're the antithesis of "nosy" so I lost my desire to screen them out.
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Old 10-27-2010, 07:16 PM
 
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a good a much prettier alternative to leyland is
the carolina sapphire cypress.

loves hot weather, low water ,is blue in color and
at our previous house I planted both varieties and
the sapphire totally outdid the leyland. by more than a foot a year, circumference and height.

a much prettier tree, it was developed at Clemson university
and loves the south.
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Old 11-03-2010, 07:41 AM
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Do these trees go totally dormant over the winter or do they continue to grow at a slower pace? Maybe I'm cracking up, but it looks like they've actually gained a few inches over the past few weeks and the temperature has dropped dramatically here in NY.
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Old 11-03-2010, 01:02 PM
 
Location: Mtns of Waynesville,NC & Nokomis, FL
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They do not go "dormant" per se...that late autumn spurt is common in that cross bred varietal, imo.
And, roots grow basically all winter, esp in your Zone.

Surprised the seller didn't pitch some "Triple Phos" fertilizer, as in 0-40ish-0, for better over winter root development.

Next spring you could also sprinkle in some Thuja Green Giant arbor vitae; actually a better "barrier" planting, imo.
GL, mD
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