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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DescriptionCompact, perfectly round, and oh-so-satisfying, Mr. Bowling Ball Arborvitae (Thuja) is a perfect addition to any small gardening space. Place Mr. Bowling Ball in full sun and make sure to keep the soil moist and well-drained to maintain its simply-soft texture. Low-maintenance in nature, Mr. Bowling Ball needs no special pruning; however, sheering before the onset of new growth can help increase longevity. This adaptable dwarf Thuja grows up to 2-3 feet tall and up to 90 centimeters wide, making it a perfect space-saving and evergreen addition to any garden. Just be sure you’re keeping these shrubs at least 3 feet apart to keep from any hedge overlap.
Fast-growing and impressive, arborvitae maintains its green-bluish hues color year-round. Add major curb appeal by creating a privacy fence, planting in rock gardens, or adding perennial beds to fill bare and boring spaces. In addition, its variety of sizes makes it an easy way to customize based on your unique gardening goals. Just make sure these shrubs and trees see lots of sunlight!
DetailsBotanical name: Thuja occidentalis 'Bobozam' Common name: Arborvitae
Zone: 3 - 8 Sun exposure: Sun (> 6 hours sun) to part-sun (4-6 hours sun) Height x width: 2'-3' tall and 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: 2' 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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