Answer: There's no reason why you can't grow redbuds, dogwoods and other native trees closely together in your landscape to create a more "wild" look. Spacing is up to you and if you see a wild landscape you like, take a close look at how far apart the treesare spaced to recreate that effect. I would say they should be at least 3-4' apart. I would be sure the soil is prepared extra well and they get enough light to grow. To make a trees into a shrub form, just prune back the center leader and the side branches will take over. Then prune in the future to keep the shrub shape.
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