Plant spacing is based on the ultimate width of the plants. This figure is normally given as a range; for example, 3-5’. If you live in a cold climate and/or want plants to fill in more quickly, plan to space at the shorter end of the range. If you live in a warm climate, are on a limited budget, or are willing to wait longer for plants to touch, use the higher end of the range. Using the larger number is recommended when calculating distance from a building or structure. There’s really no such thing as "maximum spacing": if you don’t want your plants to touch, you can space them as far apart as you’d like. All plant spacing is calculated on center, or in other words, the centers of the plants are spaced one half of their eventual width apart:
Unless you are planting in a straight line, as you might for hedges or edging, space your plants in a staggered or zig-zag pattern for a more interesting and naturalistic look:
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DescriptionNo other hedge plant can hold a candle to the rapid growth and narrow, space-saving habit of Full Speed A Hedge® 'American Pillar' arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis). It solves the problem of both waiting forever for an evergreen hedge to fill in AND taking up too much space in your (and your neighbors') yard once it does. American Pillar arborvitae is one of the best privacy trees on the market today, and combines the rapid growth rate of 'Green Giant' arborvitae with the compact, space-saving shape of Emerald Green arborvitae.
Plant 'American Pillar' arborvitaes with their centers 2.5' apart - eight plants will provide 20' of lush, year-round privacy. With proper care, you can practically watch them grow, turning your yard into an oasis of privacy, and at a low cost compared to traditional fencing. This arborvitae is also heat and cold-tolerant, making it an excellent choice for an array of growing zones.
Note: Ships at an average size of 40" tall, floor to tip.DetailsBotanical Name:Thuja occidentalis 'American Pillar' Patent: USPP 20,209 Common Name: Arborvitae Zone: 3 - 8 Sun Exposure: Sun (> 6 hours sun) to part-sun (4-6 hours sun) Height x Width: 15-20' tall, 3-5' wide Foliage Color: Green Season of Interest: Year-round Features: Privacy & screening, heat tolerant, evergreens, cold tolerant Uses: Specimen, hedge How To GrowSoil: Grow in any moist but well-draining soil. Avoid very wet sites; tolerates some dryness once established. Light: Sun (> 6 hours sun) to part-sun (4-6 hours sun) Water: Average Space: 2.5' apart Fertilizing: Apply a slow-release fertilizer in early spring if desired. Winterizing: A good 2-3" layer of mulch is recommended; Avoid extreme dry soil in autumn, which can cause the evergreen foliage to dry out in winter. Maintenance: No pruning is required for Full Speed A Hedge® 'American Pillar' to grow as a dense, tight, narrow pyramid. It can be trimmed if desired.
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