The Leyland Cypress is a fast growing and evergreen plant. When planted in rows, it will create a beautiful hedge that creates a compact green barrier around your garden. Box trees are always beautiful, hardy and evergreen. But what is the main difference between these to hedge plants?
The main difference between the Leyland Cypress and Box trees is that the Box trees sensitive are to the Boxwood caterpillar, Boxwood moth and Boxwood fungus. These pests can quickly kill a Box tree if left untreated. The Leyland Cypress is not as susceptible to these diseases and pests, making it a more reliable hedge plant.
How to know when your Box trees are infected with the Boxwood diseases.
The Boxwood fungus: when infected with this fungus, the leaves of the Box trees will turn yellow and brown. Leaves will also fall out more, leaving a bare plant. Remove the branches which have black stripes and/or brown spots on the leaves.
The Boxwood caterpillar of moth: when infected leaves are stuck together, there are many dead leaves, bare branches and the skeleton of the boxwood is hanging out. You can treat this with environmentally friendly products.
The Leyland Cypress can also tolerate salt spray better than the Box trees. This makes the Leyland Cypress a great choice for coastal gardens. If you are looking for an evergreen hedge that is low maintenance and will provide year-round interest, then the Leyland Cypress is the ideal plant for you.