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Formerly called the Murray-X, the Murray Cypress is a variant of the Leyland Cypress. Like the previously
mentioned Leyland, the Murray Cypress’ primary function is for privacy purposes.
This quickly-growing evergreen is ideal for creating privacy on property that can’t be easily screened
by the height of traditional wooden fences. With a growth rate of three feet per year -- which is
considerably faster than the Leyland -- the Murray Cypress matures at a height of 30 to 40 feet.
Recommended spacing is 5 to 10 feet apart for planters who wish to create a sense of secrecy in their
Another wildly-growing function for the Murray Cypress is its use as a Christmas tree. It retains its
beautiful color year round, and its limbs are notably stronger than those of the Leyland. Plus, the Murray
Cypress is able to withstand cold temperatures, surviving in brutal winds and icy conditions.
It’s hardy in zones 6-10, meaning the Murray Cypress is capable of thriving in temperatures ranging from
-10 degrees to 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
Another benefit of planting one or multiple Murray Cypresses is the tree’s resiliency to fungus. It resists
diseases better than the standard Leyland.
The Murray Cypress is gaining momentum as a landscaping giant. Whether the desired function for the
Murray Cypress is privacy or holiday-related, this evergreen performs both tasks well.
|Recommended Zone||6, 7, 8, 9, 10|
|Scientific Name||Murray X Cypress|
|Mature Height (ft)||30 - 40 feet|
|Mature Width (ft)||6 - 10 feet|
|Growth Rate||3 feet per year|
|Spacing||5 - 10 feet|
|Soil Range||Clay, Sand, Silt|
Murray Cypress SpacingThe recommended spacing for Murray Cypress Trees is 5 feet apart. You can plant closer together if you want quicker privacy. Murray Cypress Trees typically grow about 8-10 feet wide.
Murray Cypress Planting Instructions
Murray Cypress Fertilizer InformationWhen looking for a fertilizer there are a few elements at which you should look. The first is make sure when fertilizing your Murray Cypress that you are using a slow release fertilizer. Sometimes this is called a controlled release.
Then you'll need to look at the formula of the fertilizer. It is done in this format: Nitrogen (N), Phosphorus (P), Potassium (K).
For the Murray Cypress we recommend that Nitrogen be high and then Phosphorus and Potassium be about half of that. Some examples that are commonly found in local stores are 12-6-8 and 14-7-7.
You should always follow the instructions on the fertilizer you purchase as they all work differently. Here are some general guidelines that you should follow.
Pruning Murray Cypress
Pruning can help make Murray Cypress more bushy. It is
recommended that you disinfect your shears before you begin and even
after each shear to prevent disease spread. You should prune dead
or diseased limbs anytime of the year but you should consult your local
coop extension for your local time to prune. To encourage thick
bushy trees simply trim back the limbs that have outstretched the rest
of the tree. Trim it in to the desired christmas tree shape.