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Saturday - November 14, 2009

From: Bulverde, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Trees
Title: Plant spacing of Cenizo in Bulverde TX
Answered by: Barbara Medford

QUESTION:

How far apart should Texas sage be planted?

ANSWER:

There are two plants in our Native Plant Database that have "Texas sage" as one of their common names: Leucophyllum frutescens (Texas barometer bush), often referred to a Cenizo, and  Salvia texana. (Texas sage). We are assuming, since you speak of distance between plants, that you are probably referring to the shrub Cenizo. If you are planting this shrub, native to Texas and to the area of Comal County, as a privacy screen, we would recommend 5 to 7 feet from center to center when planting it. It is normally a compact shrub of from 2 to 5 ft. tall, with a similar spread, so this distance would give it distance to grow but permit the branches to meet to close the screen.

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Leucophyllum frutescens

Leucophyllum frutescens

 

 

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