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Additional Information on Murray Cypress
November, 2003. I do not have exact issue date. The article was prepared by David Ridgeway Jr. President of the Georgia Christmas
A number of years ago, Georgia Christmas tree growers thought they had found the perfect Christmas tree with the Leyland cypress. It
has qualities like no other tree; lush, green foliage, needles that remain on the tree, and longevity if properly watered
(past Valentine's Day in one home). Seen by thousands of customers of Georgia Christmas tree farms, the beauty of this tree has
propelled it to number one in sales on Christmas tree farms and in the nursery industry. The Leyland cypress is now planted all
over Georgia's landscape.
Available on many farms this year will be a new tree, which many growers think is a better tree than the original Leyland cypress. This
tree is known as the Murray cypress. This tree was discovered by Bill Murray, a retired forester, while taking cuttings for his nursery.
Murray, who was instrumental in the formation of the Georgia Christmas Tree Association and the Christmas Tree industry in Georgia
more than 50 years ago, noted that this tree has desirable qualities beyond the original Leyland cypress in that it is a darker green and
has stronger limbs for holding ornaments.
For tree growers, it is almost unbelievable that the Murray cypress grows faster than the original Leyland cypress, which averages as
much as four feet a year. It is more disease-resistant, will tolerate wetter soil and has a stronger root system. This looks like it is going
to be the Christmas tree of the future, as with all new trees, it has taken time to get the numbers of rooted cuttings to a level so the
Murray cypress is widely available. As time goes on, this tree will be as readily available as the Leyland cypress is currently. Many
Christmas tree farms throughout the state have already begun planting this new tree. Not only will it make a good Christmas tree, but it
is also expected to be as popular in the landscape industry as the Leyland cypress.
Members of the GCTA continuously are looking for newer varieties of trees that will make better Christmas trees. As always, there
will be many different varieties of trees available on Georgia tree farms, as well as the ones mentioned so far. Among those available
will be Virginia pine, Red cedar, Carolina sapphire, Blue ice, and others. Also in extreme north Georgia, a few farms are able to grow
The following article appeared in the May 2000 issue of the Georgia Christmas Tree Association Tree
MURRAY - X A HYBRID OF CYPRESSES By Bill Murray
(note the tree that is now called the Murray Cypress was called the Murray - X)
This is a very fast growing, dark green evergreen tree. It does very well on a wide variety of sites. It can tolerate wet sights better than
Leyland Cypress. The tree has great potential as a Christmas tree for it will reach maturity a year earlier than the Leyland Cypress on
most sites. It has stronger branches and is darker green than Leyland Cypress.
No diseases have been observed on this variety of tree in the last 10 years that it has been evaluated. Some insect might attack the tree
as evergreen bag worm, but none have been observed on them yet. Murray - X has been planted from Texas to Florida to Delaware and
is doing well at this time.
Liners planted seem to do well on most sites but gallon size plants are recommended on sandy sites. The tree should make a major
contribution to the Christmas tree industry in Georgia. It is possible that diseases might increase on other cypress varieties and not on
As a landscape tree it should do well because of its toughness, color, site tolerance and fast rate of growth.
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