How far apart to plant shrubs - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Caro Parr
Highlands Ranch, CO
Question by cparr
April 25, 1999
I've just purchased some shrubs called "Wall of China" for hedges. They are only about 2-3 feet tall right now. How far apart should I plant them? How much do they spread, and how tall do they grow.


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Answer from NGA
April 25, 1999

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I found "Wall of China" in the Michigan Bulb Co. catalog. The catalog doesn't specify what species the shrub is, so I can only offer you general planting instructions. The plants are purported to grow 5' the first season, so space them within 3-4 feet of one another for a quick fill-in. Their mature height is 10-15'. They need full sun, and the catalog says any type of soil is fine. Bare-root plants take about a year to become established, so provide water to your new hedge during the growing season to help the new plants get off to a good start. Once established, prune lightly to encourage thick growth.

Michigan Bulb Co. should have sent planting instructions with the order, according to their catalog. They should be able to give you the exact information you need. Best of luck!

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