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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DescriptionIn need of an evergreen that won't take up too much space but still makes a statement? STING™ arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis) checks those boxes! Delightfully narrow, this arborvitae grows to be 12-20 feet tall but only 12-18 inches wide, making it the perfect space-saving statement piece for your landscape. STING™ arborvitae adds height, structure, and evergreen interest to landscapes with its sword-like habit that looks attractive throughout the seasons. Plant it alone as a specimen in a narrow bed or create an impactful display by planting it in groupings; we love it either way! There's something special about this native Eastern arborvitae, and we can't wait to see how you use this unique plant in your own landscape designs.DetailsBotanical name: Thuja occidentalis ‘SMNTOO’ Patent #: USPPAF Common name: Arborvitae, Eastern arborvitae Zone: 3 - 8 Sun exposure: Full sun (6+ hours sun) to part-sun (4-6 hours sun) Height x width: 15-20′ tall x 1-1.5′ wide Flower color: Evergreen conifer, does not flower Foliage color: Green Season of interest: Year-round Bloom time: Foliage interest Features: Rare & unusual, proven winners, native, heat tolerant, evergreens, cold tolerant, best for beginners Uses: Specimen, hedge, mixed borders, landscaping How To GrowSoil: Best grown in moist, fertile, well-drained soils. Tolerates a somewhat wide range of soils and some dry conditions. Poorly drained and wet sites should be avoided. Light: Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily), Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily) Water: Keep moist. Water 1 inch a week. Appreciates well-drained soil. Spacing: 1-2 ft Fertilizing: Top dress in spring with a slow-release, balanced fertilizer. Winterizing: Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder zones. Tolerates wind once established and withstands heavy ice or snow. Darkens or bronzes slightly in the winter. Note — The oldest interior branchlets on arborvitae usually turn brown and fall off in autumn. This aging process is different from drought stress, which on arborvitae appears on the tree outside the interior foliage as an abnormal yellowing or browning, known as flagging. This discoloration may not occur until a season or two after the drought stress was most severe. Maintenance & Pruning: Requires little or no pruning but can be sheared easily if necessary. If pruning, avoid pruning in late summer or fall as pruning stimulates new growth, which can be easily damaged by fall and winter temperatures.
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