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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DescriptionAre you looking for a hardy hedge plant that can tolerate nearly anything thrown its way? Portugal Laurel (Prunus lusitanica) is a highly drought-tolerant shrub that can thrive in tough-to-grow soil sites, including sand, clay, and chalk. It’s also evergreen and features beautiful white flower blooms in the summer and colorful berries in the fall and winter; the beauty of Portugal Laurel is truly never-ending!
Despite its appeal, deer and other pests don’t bother with nibbling on this shrub. Plant along a long driveway or create a privacy screen on the parameters of your home; make sure this shrub is planted in a full sun or part sun area, and you should be good to grow.DetailsBotanical name:Prunus lusitanica Common name: Portugal Laurel Zone: 4-9 Sun exposure: Sun (6+ hours) to part-sun (4-6 hours sun). Height x width: 10-20’ tall x 10-20’ wide Flower color: White Foliage color: Green Bloom time: Late spring to early summer. Features: Evergreen, deer-resistant, privacy & screening, drought-tolerant, heat-tolerant, fall color. Uses: Specimen, hedge, landscaping, border, privacy screen. How To GrowSoil: Grows well in most soils, including sandy, clay, and alkaline soils. Light: Part-sun (4-6 hours sun), Shade (<4 hours sun). Water: Average to Moist. Water weekly, or more often in extreme heat, until established. Spacing: 2-3ft apart. Fertilizing: Apply a light, well-balanced fertilizer in the spring.
Winterizing: No special care is needed. Remove spent foliage in spring before new growth appears.
Maintenance & pruning: Prune early spring. Shape the plant and remove any unsightly growth at the end of flowering.