Leyland Cypress Trees

Asked April 30, 2019, 10:45 AM EDT

I have a Leyland cypress tree growing in my back yard that is about 100 feet tall. I was told that Leyland cypress trees have weak roots and can be easily blown down by heavy winds. Is this true? If the tree falls toward my house it will definitely do great damage to my house because of its height. Should I reduce the height of the tree or completely cut it down? I really like the look of the tree.

Prince George's County Maryland

1 Response

Yes, it is true Leyland cypress has the reputation of blowing or lodging over sometimes due to the wind. They do have a weak root system. Reducing the height may not solve the problem and could possibly make it worse. You should consult with a certified arborist for an onsite evaluation of the tree. The following is a website to help find one in your area,