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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DescriptionVibrant fiery gold and red foliage with Fire Chief™ Arborvitae (Thuja) make your garden come alive year-round. Add some spice to any landscape by planting this round shrub alongside a pathway or on top of a hedge. In addition to its bold beauty, Fire Chief™ is also evergreen, low maintenance, and adaptable dwarf variety that features distinct bright scaly growth. This shrub makes for a ‘fiery’ addition to any small gardening space! Drought-resistant after established and container-friendly, this dwarf variety also makes a hardy addition to Zones 3-8. The possibilities of this carefree plant are endless.
Thuja leaves are flat with woody scales and vary in color. Arborvitae grows best in moist, well-drained soils, and requires very little care to flourish. Some varieties of this sun-loving plant can reach up to 50 feet tall at maturity, making them perfect for a lush privacy hedge. Watch out for deer, however; they seem to love these shrubs as much as we do! DetailsBotanical name: Thuja Occidentalis 'Congabe' Common name: Arborvitae Zone: 5 - 8 Sun exposure: Sun (> 6 hours sun) to part-sun (4-6 hours sun) Height x width: 2-4′ high x 2-4′ wide Foliage color: Green Season of interest: Year-round Features: Space savers, proven winners, native, evergreens, container plants, cold tolerant, best sellers Uses: Specimen, rock gardens, containersHow 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: 4' 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, but can be trimmed if desired.
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