How far apart to plant trees/climbing rose

homeownermvFebruary 23, 2012

I suspect that my landscaper may be planting 2 carolina laurel cherry trees too close together (see photo below). Note the drip system plumbing to the right of the trees, which is why he has to bunch them together closer than the design called for. Would this be a problem and should I ask him to move them further apart?

Also, this is causing the 2 trees to be really far from the climbing lady banks rose to the right (the skinny stake against the fence, about 15 feet to the right of the trees. Should I try to fill the void in-between or leave it for the lady banks rose to fill up? I had read that the rose can take over quite a large area, but not sure if it will cover the size of the space that's currently empty.

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I'm taking license and guessing what paving does to the left off the picture. What I'm trying to illustrate in the sketch is placing the two cherry laurels, balanced (and centered as a group) in the bed space created by the paving. A plan view that accurately shows the pipe location would be useful. If the irrigation pipe is still exposed as shown in the picture, I'd move it as necessary... rather than plant the most major component of the landscape unbalanced and off center. If the pipe can't be moved then I'd try to fudge things as close to correct as I could get them. Can't see how the pipe lies in plan view, but c. laurels might work out in front of it. (Would need to see plan view to know.) Keep in mind that these plants are trees & will get big, unless you keep them rigorously sheared. If you don't, you'll need to limb them up to keep them from eating up the patio space. If they're limbed up as they grow so canopy is overhead, they could be closer to the walk without being in the way.

Unless you plan to let the Lady Banks heap over the top edge of the fence, I can't really see how it's going to fit in that spot. It's a big, huge heaping thing. Think half the size of a car.

    Bookmark   February 23, 2012 at 9:31AM
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bahia(SF Bay Area)

It looks like you're in California? The Prunus are usually kept as sheared hedges rather than allowed to grow as trees here, so your intended end size will determine whether you want them grouped tightly or spread out. I don't know whether your irrigation is using flex drip tubing above grade or fixed bubblers, but shifting the irrigation to work with a wider spacing is simple enough to do regardless of the irrigation system design. That banksia rose could easily cover the entire length of your rear fence with time, but providing some horizontal parallel galvanized wires about a foot apart all across the portion of the fence you want covered will make it easier to train it to do so. Without some training, the rose will want to maximize growth and bloom at the top of the fence and also grow out away from the fence into the garden area. At least with this rose, it is nearly impossible to prune it wrong; it will still grow and bloom regardless unless you over-prune right before its spring bloom.

    Bookmark   February 23, 2012 at 7:01PM
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