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Sunday - February 21, 2016

From: Kennewick, WA
Region: Northwest
Topic: Planting, Shrubs, Trees
Title: Spacing for Dogwoods and Cotoneasters
Answered by: Anne Van Nest

QUESTION:

How close should Dogwoods and Cotoneasters be to bricks?

ANSWER:

How close Dogwoods (Cornus) and Cotoneaster should be planted to bricks is a difficult question to answer without knowing more details. Dogwoods can be shrubs (Cornus sericea) or trees (Cornus florida) and Cotoneaster (a non-native) can be a dwarf groundcover (Cotoneaster dammeri) or a shrub (Cotoneaster ludicus). So spacing is determined by the ultimate mature spread of the plant. Also, it is unclear whether the bricks in question are forming a walkway or the side of a house. In any case give the plants extra space to grow and for sun and air circulation around the plants.

 

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