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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DescriptionCheer Drops™ arborvitae (Thuja hybrid) may just about be the most delightful thuja on the market, even rivaling the adorable Tater Tot®. Growing in a charming teardrop-shaped habit, Cheer Drops™ is an interesting evergreen that's perfect for hedges and looks great in the landscape year-round. No maintenance or trimming is needed to enjoy its fun shape, making this cold-tolerant plant perfect for gardeners of any skill level. Add some fun and some privacy to your landscape with this unique arborvitae.DetailsBotanical Name:Thuja occidentalis 'SMNTDGT' Patent: PP 33,286 Common Name: Arborvitae Zone: 3 – 7 Sun Exposure: Sun (> 6 hours sun) to part-sun (4-6 hours sun) Height x Width: 10-18′ tall and 6-8' wide Foliage Color: Green Season of Interest: Year-round Features: Proven winners, evergreen, container plants, winter interest 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: 8′ 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 Cheer Drops™to grow in its natural teardrop shape. It can be trimmed if desired.
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