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Name: Tami Smith
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mollymistsmith
Jul 22, 2011 3:07 PM CST
When planting different kinds of shrubs together how do you measure the distance between two? For instance if one says to plant 5' apart and the one you are going to plant next to it says to plant 3' apart how far apart do you plant 3', 5' or 8'? Confused Blinking Smiling
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Name: Polly Kinsman
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PollyK
Jul 22, 2011 5:24 PM CST
When planting shrubs you measure from the center of one plant to the center of the next. So, if you have one plant saying 5' apart, you would start the next shrub 2.5 feet on either side from the center. A 3' shrub would be 1.5 feet on either side from the center. So in this case it would be 4 feet apart.

I think? Right? Neal, help, LOL. .
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gemini_sage
Jul 30, 2011 12:52 PM CST
That's exactly what I was thinking. Smiling
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Name: Tami Smith
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mollymistsmith
Jul 30, 2011 6:08 PM CST
Thank you! Smiling
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Name: Evan
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eclayne
Jul 31, 2011 7:24 PM CST

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Tami, Just so that you don't make the same mistakes I have you might want to post the species here to double check sizes. Grows to 8' on the label can become 15-18' in my experience. I've found Plant Files data does not always accurately describe the ultimate size of shrubs I have either. If you're skeptical take a look a Polly's post here: The thread "Salix Hakuro Nishiki" in Trees and Shrubs forum.

Here's another example: Alberta Spruce supposed to grow to 6-8'
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Name: Tami Smith
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mollymistsmith
Aug 2, 2011 1:58 AM CST
Wow! That is a big difference. Thanks for the info Evan. Smiling Group hug
Tami

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