Castlewellan Gold Leylandii Trees are fast growing evergreen conifers that can be used to form great privacy screens or a tall hedge. Contrary to popular belief Golden Leylandii trees and Leylandii hedging can be maintained as a superb dense formal hedge, if regular trimming is carried out from the start and it is not left unchecked. Golden Leylandii trees can be used effectively as a windbreak and will also help reduce noise pollution. Castlewellan Gold Leylandii are tolerant of most soil types and ground conditions. The Golden Leylandii tend to put more energy into bushing out at an early age than the green Leylandii trees and because of this they are often deemed slower growing. Although Green Leylandii may grow slightly faster vertically, they then require time to fill out once they have reached the desired and ultimate height. So, in terms of achieving a neat hedge or solid hedge at 6 or 8 foot high, there would not be much to choose between two varieties other than colour preference. These fast growing conifers are an excellent choice for creating a golden-coloured evergreen hedge or screen relatively quickly. This makes it an excellent choice for creating a dense and attractive hedge that provides privacy, security, and shelter from wind and noise.
Golden Leylandii Hedges
One of the most common forms of Golden Leylandii, Cupressocyparis Leylandii ‘Castlewellan Gold’ is a popular cultivar of the Leyland cypress. They are known for their bright golden-yellow foliage and as a fast-growing evergreen hedge. The Castlewellan Gold is a fast-growing tree that can reach a height of up to 12 meters if left untrimmed. However, when grown as a hedge, it is usually maintained at a height of around 2-4 metres. They can grow up to 3 feet per year in ideal conditions.
Golden Yellow Foliage
Cupressocyparis leylandii Castlewellan Gold is known for its stunning golden evergreen foliage, which adds a touch of colour and brightness to any landscape. The foliage is soft to the touch and has a fine texture. These trees prefer full sun for their best hedge colour but will tolerate partial shade.
Golden Leylandii preferred soil
Most conifers prefer a moist but well-draining soil as they don’t like it too wet in Winter or too dry in the Summer.
Advantages of using Golden Leylandii
One of the significant advantages of using Golden Leylandii as a hedge is its resilience and hardiness. This tree is resistant to many common diseases and pests, and it can tolerate a wide range of soil types and growing conditions. Moreover, it can withstand harsh weather conditions, including frost and drought, making it a low-maintenance option for gardeners. They will require regular watering until they are established, but once established, they are relatively drought-tolerant, so maintenance is fairly simple.
Shaping and Pruning Golden Leylandii
Golden Leylandii is also a popular choice for hedging because it is easy to shape and prune. With regular trimming, it can be kept at the desired height and shape, whether it’s a straight line or a curved pattern. The best time to trim the tree is during the spring and summer months when it is actively growing.
When it comes to pruning Golden Leylandii hedges, they should be pruned regularly in late winter or early spring before new growth appears. Pruning helps to maintain the shape and size of the hedge and encourages healthy new growth.
Problems with Golden Leylandii
It’s worth noting that like all Leyland cypress including Golden Leylandii can be susceptible to certain diseases, such as Seridium canker, and pests, such as spider mites, so it’s important to maintain proper care to prevent any issues. Additionally, Leyland cypress is known for its rapid growth and can require frequent pruning to keep it in check. If your leylandii hedge is left for too long without maintenance trimming then it may struggle to grow back from the old wood when trimmed too hard.
In conclusion, Golden Leylandii, especially Cupressocyparis Leylandii ‘Castlewellan Gold,’ is an excellent choice for creating an attractive, resilient, and low-maintenance Leylandii hedge. With its fast growth rate and vibrant golden-yellow foliage it is sure to add value to any garden or landscape.
Contact Hedging UK
Hedging UK is a welcoming, family-run company that specialises in growing high-quality hedging including Golden Leylandii hedge plants. We grow a range of premium evergreen and deciduous hedge plants in containers. All of the root ball and pot-grown plants are raised outdoors on our own production nursery in Holmeswood, Lancashire. Hedging UK is committed to improving the quality of our plants year on year. We trial different variations of growing techniques to understand what works best for individual species. We believe planting more hedges will help to improve the environment whilst also offer many more desirable benefits at the same time.
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