Definition of Leyland cypress in English:

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Leyland cypress

Pronunciation: /ˈlālənd/ Pronunciation: /ˈlē-/


A fast-growing hybrid conifer that is narrowly conical with a dense growth of shoots bearing scalelike leaves, widely grown as a screening plant or for shelter.
  • × Cupressocyparis leylandii, family Cupressaceae; a hybrid between the Nootka cypress and the Monterey cypress (macrocarpa).
Example sentences
  • Flat-needled Leyland cypress contrasts nicely with smooth magnolia leaves on a mantel and adds soft filler in arrangements.
  • For privacy, Stacie planted a screen of Leyland cypress along the back lot line.
  • Elsewhere in the yard, Leyland cypresses form a solid wall of feathery foliage.


1930s: named after Christopher J. Leyland (1849–1926), British horticulturist.

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Syllabification: Ley·land cy·press

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