Fast Growing Murray Cypress Tees
Grows Faster Than Leylands ... Thats Fast!
Murray Cypress is an evergreen relative of the popular Leyland Cypress, but has a few differences that make it better. It has improved disease resistance, stronger branching and some tolerance for partially wet soil.
Another great trait is the growth rate. Murrays can grow up to 4 feet per year, making a dense screen quickly.If you need a privacy fence, this is a top candidate! It averages about 25 to 30 feet tall and grows 8 to 10 feet wide. For planting in a row spacing should be 6-7 feet apart.
For tree growers, it is almost unbelievable that the Improved Leyland cypress grows faster than older varieties, which averages as much as four feet a year. It is more disease-resistant, will tolerate wetter soil and has a stronger root system.
This tree looks like it is going to be the Privacy tree of the future, as with all new trees, it has taken time to get the numbers of rooted cuttings to a level so the new generation cypress is widely available. The Improved Leylands are now as readily available as most other evergreen privacy trees.
No diseases have been observed on this variety of tree in the last 15 years that it has been evaluated. Improved Leyland Cypress has been planted from Texas to Florida to Delaware and is doing well at this time.
Fertilizing facts :
Foliage color, yellowing of foliage can be signs of fertilizer needed.
If growth rate and needle color are normal for a particular variety, fertilization is not necessary.
It is not unusual for newly transplanted evergreens to exhibit slow growth until they're re-established.
In many landscapes, evergreens also benefit from fertilizer you apply to the lawn.
The best time to fertilize your Thuja trees is before new growth expands, around early April mid-May
Planting Tips :
(1) Dig your holes half again the width of the container they were grown in and the same depth of the container.
(2) After digging your holes, set your tree in the middle of hole.
(3) Make sure top of root ball is even with ground level, if not adjust by digging deeper or adding soil in bottom of hole and packing it good.
(4) Back fill one half way up on root ball, pack the fill good around the root ball.
(5) Finish filling hole to the top of root ball & tap down real good. If you do not pack it well, it may not hold the tree up straight after it is watered.
(6) DO NOT put soil on top of the root ball, this will cut off the oxygen to the roots.
(7) Now comes the most important part of planting! You need to mulch right away a good 3 to 4 inches deep. You don't want to let the rain wash dirt over top of the root ball and close off oxygen. Create a basin around each tree with the mulch, this guides the water to the root ball.
(8) Your trees being planted correctly is the most important part of all, its growth and survival depends on it! Be sure and keep weeds and grass from around trees, if you do not do this your trees will have a hard time getting enough water to be healthy.
LOTS OF TREES DIE DURING THE WINTER FROM LACK OF WATER!