Leyland Cyprus Tree Topping

Asked September 4, 2020, 5:55 PM EDT

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

1 Response

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.