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Apr 7, 2020 4:40 PM CST
Arizona
I am getting settled into a new home and I find that I have two plants growing too close together (photos attached). I have zero gardening experience, but I'm thinking I need to relocate one of them. Which is easiest to move and what is the best way to do so?
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Apr 7, 2020 4:58 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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its not about which is easiest to move but which one (or both) you want to keep. The purple leafed plant is an Acacia tree (Acacia baileyana) - if you must to have an Acacia, this would be my choice. Its a beautiful tree getting about 30 ft high and wide but it looks like attempts have been made to cut it down. The flower under it is a Lantana, it will grow wider but is at its maximum height.
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Apr 7, 2020 5:02 PM CST
Name: Lynda Horn
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I agree I'm thinking the lantana would be the easiest to move, but I would keep the acacia, myself. Thumbs up
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Apr 7, 2020 5:15 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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I would leave them both right where they are. The Acacia will allow a lot of light in - they don't have dense canopies. But, because its been cut back, it might want to be a big shrub, maybe a multi-trunked tree.
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Apr 7, 2020 5:31 PM CST
Name: Trudy
Youngsville, LA (Zone 9b)
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Taller 1 looks like my Pride of Barbados/ Caesalpimia pulcherrima & shorter 1 like Lantana maybe Dallas red. I would have planted them as they are because 1 gets taller & the other stays about 3' & their flowers are the same color & would make a pretty color statement. My 'Pride of Barbados' is known as dwarf poinsiana getting only 8' tall in ideal conditions after several years. It looks like it was pruned to get bushier. In zone 9 here the frost & freezes naturally nip it back each Winter. Both grow in your climate so it's your decision to leave as is & see if you like the look in Summer when they should both be in bloom. Thumbs up
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Apr 7, 2020 7:39 PM CST
Arizona
Thank you all! I have no idea what I'm doing in the garden 😀. I do think the taller one looks like the Pride of Barbados. I may wait until it blooms to see what the two look like together. Right now seeing them crowded and on top of each other is bothering me lol.
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