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When to top a new leylandii hedge tree

Discussion in 'Trees' started by Voobwm, Sep 10, 2019.

  1. Voobwm

    Voobwm Apprentice Gardener

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    I've got a 7ft tall leylandii hedge and one of the trees was replaced a few years ago. It’s now reached just above the rest of the 7ft hedge height.

    I wondered when I should cut the top off. Now, when it’s just reached the height I want so it’s a very thin stem right at the top, or should I leave it grow further to make the stem thicker at the top, if so how high until I do?

    Thanks
     
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    • Mike Allen

      Mike Allen Total Gardener

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      Basically it's up to you. Most conifers unlike other trees will not sprout new growth from cut tip. New growth will appear from below the cut end. This will cause the Leylandii to spread out more.
       
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