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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DescriptionAdd year round interest to your landscape with Fluffy® arborvitae (Thuja plicata). This native evergreen maintains a beautiful pyramidal shape that adds unique shape and structure to your garden; no pruning needed! Cheerful golden foliage persists through winter, adding color to a typically quiet time in the landscape. This easy-care evergreen adds richness and texture all year-round and makes a great addition to containers.DetailsBotanical name: Thuja plicata 'SMNTPGF' Patent #: USPP 30762 Common name: Arborvitae - Western Zone: 5 - 8 Sun exposure: Full sun (6+ hours sun) to part sun (4-6 hrs sun) Height x width: 5-10' tall x 3-6' wide Flower color: Evergreen conifer, does not flower Foliage color: Green Season of interest: Year-round Features: Space savers, proven winners, privacy & screening, native, heat tolerant, evergreens, container plants Uses: Specimen, hedge, perennial gardens, landscaping. How To GrowSoil: Grow in any moist but well-drained soil. Avoid very wet sites; tolerates some dryness once established. Light: Full sun (6+ hrs/day) to part shade (4-6 hrs sun/day) Water: Average. Space: 5-7' apart. Fertilizing: Apply a granular rose or garden 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. May be trimmed if desired.
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