Leyland Cyprus Tree Topping
My HOA association has ordered me to top my leyland cyprus trees from 30 feet or so to 15-25 feet. I heard that tree topping may be illegal. Is this true? If so, can you direct me to a source that explains this law? thank you
Montgomery County Maryland
Tree topping is not recommended for shade trees or deciduous trees as an effective way to manage height. Here is information about tree topping; see under 'Crown Reduction': https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/pruning-trees
It is not illegal, but not an accepted pruning method.
It is recommended that not more than 1/4th of a tree be removed at any time. Reducing a 30 foot Leyland by 5 feet should not harm it. It will lose its attractive shape however.