DAY 67 (11 JUNE) – Leyland cypress (Cupressus leylandii) (Farnham, England)
I passed this extraordinary sight today on a walk. It looks too exotic for rural Surrey. And the multiple trunks reaching up to the sky reminded me of giant organ pipes.
Turns out it’s no less than a Leyland cypress that’s been severely cropped on one side. I wonder why? Perhaps to resolve one of the disputes they are so renowned for causing.
Rather confusingly Leylandii – as they are most commonly known – were ‘produced’ in Wales, crossing two kinds of cypress trees – the Nootka (from Alaska) and the Monterey (from the central coast of California). But no idea why ‘Leyland’, which to me was a car plant.