Growth of Leyland, Green Giant and Cryptomeria in one year

conniemcgheeJune 7, 2009

I thought someone might find this interesting:

We planted a row of evergreens along our fence line last year. About this same time last year, I took pictures of the whole line and pieced them together. The first picture, left to right: Leyland, Leyland, Green Giant, Green Giant, Cryptomeria. We bought varying sizes, picking them up here and there. It has been really interesting to see how they grew - and I did learn that if you plant a small tree, it will catch right up to the larger ones in no time!

Second year, left to right (we made a couple of changes in the lineup early this spring): Emerald Green, Emerald Green, Leyland, Green Giant, Green Giant and Cryptomeria.

Notice especially how quickly the small Leyland caught the Green Giants. We have a row of Leylands in the backyard too, and even the smallest one has caught up to the largest one we planted.

GROW, TREES, GROW!!!

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conniemcghee

Bumping this down.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2009 at 3:12PM
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katiedidcottage(z7 TN / Chattanooga)

Thanks for sharing. This was very helpful to me.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2009 at 3:48PM
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novice_2009(zone 6b)

Is that Leyland cypress? Curious cause i planted a small 1 ft tall one. Growth rate is supposed to be fast but.....

    Bookmark   June 11, 2009 at 10:23AM
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conniemcghee

Yes, the same Leyland is second from left in the first picture, third from left in the bottom picture. I'd say it has grown three feet in a year.

I wish now I had given it a little more room. I went by the UT Extension Office recommendations for a screen planting (5'-7'). I guess it will be OK, but I think 10' might have given it a little more elbow room. Oh well! Everywhere I looked reported a different mature width for these. I just sort of tried to split the difference...

    Bookmark   June 11, 2009 at 1:09PM
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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

Here's a picture of a mature Leyland. It's just over 120' tall and the trunk is over a yard in diameter.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2009 at 1:52PM
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katiedidcottage(z7 TN / Chattanooga)

Wowsers! Brandon, I never knew they got that big! Is that one on your property?

    Bookmark   June 11, 2009 at 3:00PM
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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

Nope, it's a free-use picture from the Wikimedia Commons. I think that one is actually somewhere over in Europe, if I remember correctly.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2009 at 4:09PM
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conniemcghee

Ha! I knew Brandon would post that photo!

    Bookmark   June 11, 2009 at 8:29PM
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