Planting trees in Zones 9 - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by marigoldwhit
December 30, 2010

When would be the best time to plant the following trees in Zone 9. Crepe Myrtle, Wax Myrtle, Bottle Brush (callistomon) and Branson Pear? What spacing is needed for each tree i.e. what width should thye be given to grow in?). Thanks,


Answer from NGA
December 30, 2010
Late winter and early spring are the best times to plant trees. Crape myrtles vary in size so you'll need to check the plant label before purchasining your trees and space them accordingly. Wax myrtles usually reach 15 - 20' wide at maturity; Bottlebrush can reach 10 to 15' high and wide; Bradford pear trees can grow 25-40' tall and wide. When spacing your trees be sure to take into consideration their ultimate width and add a few feet to that. This way all of your trees will have ample room to grow without being overcrowded. Enjoy your beautiful landscape!

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