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 a bright yet durable touch to your landscape all year round with Polar Gold arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis). This native plant is an excellent option for those looking for something low maintenance as it naturally grows in a nice pyramidal habit; no pruning is needed! A hardy arborvitae, it's great for hedging and looks great in just about any landscape. With its brilliant gold-green leaves retaining their vibrancy year-round, it's no wondering this arborvitae is loved by gardeners far and wide.DetailsBotanical name:Thuja occidentalis 'SMTOYB' Patent #: USPP 25,388 Common name: Arborvitae Zone: 3 - 7 Sun exposure: Full sun (6+ hrs/day) to part-sun (4-6 hrs sun/day) Height x width: 12-15' tall x 4-6' wide Flower color: Evergreen conifer, does not flower Foliage color: Golden Green Season of interest: Year-round Bloom time: Evergreen Features: Space savers, proven winners, privacy & screening, native, evergreens, cold tolerant 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-sun (4-6 hrs sun/day) Water: Average. Space: 4-7' 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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Polar Gold® Arborvitae
Still my favorite order from great garden plants
This was my first order and it was absolutely perfect. The plants were healthy and bigger than expected, considering most places send me tiny starter plants. I am in zone 9 which is slightly out of zone for this plant. I planted it in the shady areas and I think that was a mistake. It's still doing well and making it but definitely plant in the sun and I think also try not to get the branches wet. I was hoping being by sprinklers would be ok but it doesn't appear to like that either. Besides those two notes this is a really healthy plant that was shipped and I was impressed.