Ovensii are, for all intents and purposes, identical to their more ubiquitous cousins Cupressocyparis leylandii, however unlike leylandii, Ovensii are canker resistant. You can see the men cutting down the Shea Oaks in the photo above, and note on the far side of the road is a nice Cupressocyparis leylandii hedge. The hedge on the other side of the road runs for about 300 metres, so we have matched it all the way along the road on our side . We have already had neighbours stop by and say how good the road looks with the Shea oaks gone, and how great they think it will look once the two hedges match (which is very kind of them). It certainly will give the entrance real presence.
We must give a big thanks to Harry and Lloyd at Wairere Nursery, who sourced our new Cupressocyparis trees, they are already 5 feet tall, so we have a good start to the hedge. Wairere has their annual sale on at present, so pop by and check out the nursery along with the stunning display gardens.
Each tree is planted 3 feet apart. Hopefully they will establish their roots well over winter and be away in the spring.