Scotland’s tallest Leylandaii found on Perthshire estate

Martin Haldane of Gleneagles (left) and Chris Duncan (Bell Ingram) pictured beside the champion Leyland Cypress tree at Gleneagles Estate.

An Estate in Perthshire is celebrating after the tallest Leylandaii tree in Scotland was discovered on its land during a routine tree survey.

The Leyland Cypress (X Cuprocyparis leylandii) on Gleneagles Estate, which is managed by Bell Ingram, has measured in at a mighty 34 metres (112 feet), beating the previous title holder, Scone Palace, who held the record at 33 metres.

Leylandaii are fast growing trees and have been known to increase in size by as much as a metre a year. The tallest in the UK is actually a hedge at The National Pinetum in Bedgbury, Kent and stands at 39.6m (130ft). However, tree experts believe that we have not yet seen the ultimate height for a Leylandii yet and that they will keep growing.

The record breaking tree on Gleneagles Estate has been authenticated and published in The Tree Register, a charity that collates and updates a database of notable trees throughout Britain and Ireland.

Martin Haldane of Gleneagles said: “This achievement of an old friend is very exciting and we are delighted that this specimen has been found and recognised. However, this isn’t the first time Gleneagles Estate has grown a champion tree. In 1985 The Tree Register recorded a number of record breakers including a Lawson Cypress and Swedish Whitebeam.”

Published on 19th August 2019