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Replacing Leylandii

I've inherited a 40ft wide row of very tall Leylandii which are doing a great job of screening the houses at the back of my 90ft garden (those residents also love the screening and would like me to keep them). However, they're taking up a lot of ground space as they weren't properly managed when planted many years ago. I've been told that I can't remove the lower branches which have taken root in front of the main trunks so I would like to replace them with other fast growing, evergreen trees. The wall directly to the rear of the trees is about 6ft high. The branches/foliage of any new trees would need to start immediately above that height and be quite dense to completely screen what lies beyond. Any ideas please?


  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,536

    quercus ilex is the only thing which springs to mind, but you'll need very deep pockets for a hedge of them.

  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 22,279


    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
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