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Leyland cypress a popUl00Lr species Leyland Cypress may just be the most popular species of tree on the market at the present time. Leylands have been around for a long time, first propagated in Eng-" land in the 1880s. They were not grown to any extent in this coun- try until the 1950s. Leyland Cy- press is a hybrid cross of the Alaskan White Cedar and Mon- terey Cypress. The growth rate of the Leyland Cypress is just short of phenome- nal. Growth rates of three feet per year are not uncommon in young trees. The ultimate height of the tree can be as much as 100 feet and this can be accomplished in as little as 60 years. The texture of the foliage is feathery and soft, which produces a very graceful appearance in un- sheared trees. They are very easy to prune, and can be sheared to maintain size or to created a very dense hedge or screen. The real beauty of this plant is its ability to be grown in different forms and still be attractive. Transplanting from containers or well dug field stock has only been a problem when transplanti- ng takes place in the fall. The root system of Leylands evidently is its one weak link. The roots do not reestablish quickly enough to al- low for fall planting and many of the trees planted after September do not make it through the first winter, even if it is mild. Trees should be planted in the spring and kept well-watered. It's also recommended that Leyland Cypress be pruned for the first two or three years to allow the root system time to develop. There have been some problems with trees blowing over due to rapid top growth and poor root de- velopment. Once the trees are stabilized they can withstand wind, salt, seaspray, drought, and hot or cold temperatures. A concern about the popularity of this species is that it may be overused. A large population of any one species, over a period of time, will invite insect and disease problems. A good example of this is that there are problems faced with the Japanese Black Pine, due partly to the huge numbers of these trees planted in the last 25 years. Diversity in plant popula- tions is important from both an aesthetic and cultural standpoint. There are-several cultivars of Leyland Cypress available that may or may not be easy to find at local nurseries. Leighton Green - The original and most common variety, good green color, still one .of the best. Naylors Blue - More gray than blue, but still a very attractive tree that grows a little slower than the green form. Castlewellan - Golden yellow tips and a dark green interior, good wind tolerance. Haggerston Grey - Green up- per foliage and grey underneath, should be available in the trade. There are several other cultivars available and there will no doubt be more. Those without a Leyland Cy- press in their landscape are invited to give them a try. Remember, they grow quickly, so start small. Obituaries Continued from page 31 Ocean View; a sister, Giuseppina Hodgson of Chanute, Kan.; two brothers, Vito Bellafiore and Lewis Bellafiore both of German- town, Md.; her paternal grandpar- ents, Vito and Giuseppina Bel'- lafiore of Silver Spring, Md; and her maternal grandmother, Mavis Collier of Sophia, W. Va. Services were held at the Parsell Funeral Home, Clarksville Chapel with burial in St. George's Ceme- tery, Clarksville. Contributions are suggested to the Giovanna Bellafiore Childrens Trust Fund, c/o The Division of Family Services, Sussex County, 546 S. Bedford Street, George- town, DE 19947. Stanley F. Zukowski, oil company foreman Stanley F. Zukowski, age 73, of Rehoboth Beach, died Friday, Ju- ly 25, 1997, of heart failure at Beebe Medical Center. Mr. Zukowski was a foreman at Sun Oil Company. He was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church in Georgetown. He is survived by four daugh- ters, Joan Anthis of Haverford, Pa., Anne Dulin of Boothwyn, Pa., Elizabeth Leivan of Tarpon Springs, Fla., and Carolyn Watson of Rehoboth Beach; a sister, He- len Laskey-Luoma of Brookhaven, Pa.; 18 grandchil- dren, 24 great grandchildren' and one great-great grandchild. Services were held at St. Michael's Catholic Church, Georgetown, with burial in St. Pe- ter's Cemetery, Lewes. Contributions are suggested to the Lupus Foundation, 405 Burn- side Blvd., Wilmington, DE 19801. Florence A. Eidemiller, Millsboro homemaker Florence A. Eidemiller, age 73, of Bay City, Millsboro, and for- merly of Lancaster, Pa., died Thursday, July 24, 1997, of respi- ratory failure at Beebe Medical Center, Lewes. Mrs. Eidemiller was a home- maker. Services were held in the chapel of Melson Funeral Services, Long Neck, with burial in Conley's Chapel Cemetery, Angola. Contributions are suggested to Indian River Fire Company of Oak Orchard. 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