Planting doubles of the same tree?

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  1. Connor Sullivan

    Connor Sullivan Well-Known Member

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    I was wondering what everyones take on planting 2 of the same cultivar next to each other is?

    Has another done this in their yards?

    I have a new location that opened up, fair amount of afternoon sun. I just found another Moonrise, it was a big 5 gallon and the price was right... I just couldn't say no. This location will also act as a privacy screen for my neighbors.

    None of my other trees in pots would fit this location, since they are true shade lovers. I'm giving my big Pixie to a friend for his yard... I have a big Sensu but it has some flaking bark disease near the graft that worries me, I don't want to plant something that will eventually die.

    So the question is should I plant 2 Moonrises next to each other?! 8ft spacing.
     
  2. 0soyoung

    0soyoung Rising Contributor

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    I find it hard to believe that anyone has enough landscape space for planting duplicates (not that there is anything wrong with that)!!

    Personally, I do like clumps, but maybe this doesn't work out for you (in which case you should properly space them apart).


    btw, in bonsai I do think there is nothing worse than having just one as it makes me afraid that "if I do that" I might have none. Nevertheless, since they are in pots it is easy to put like kinds together or apart according to the whims of how I feel at the moment. You might set the new one next to the old one for a while before you commit. If you like it, you can plant just about anytime (but I suggest doing it when new growth is not extending)
     
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  3. Acerholic

    Acerholic Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout Maple Society

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    Absolutely, Why Not.. It's your garden and all of us like different layouts. In my garden I placed reds near each other when I know others wouldn't.
    The only thing I would say is 3 looks nicer than 2 IMO.
     
  4. GardenCycles

    GardenCycles Active Member Maple Society

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    Gardening is an art in many ways and art is in the eye of the beholder. Worse thing can happen is you don't like it where it is and you dig one of your trees up and move it. That being said I tend to plant my maples and conifers as specimens and use perennials and flowering shrubs in small groupings between the specimens to tie it all together. I love spotting yellow foliage in different parts of the garden also.
     
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    Acerholic Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout Maple Society

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    EXACTLY!!!
     
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  6. Connor Sullivan

    Connor Sullivan Well-Known Member

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    Thank you both for your input!

    I think I'll just go ahead and move forward with this idea. I cruised around to 3 local garden centers today and they were packed with maples. Real cool collector stuff too, I was pretty blown away. But the Moonrise was the catch of the day, there were some Autumn Moons today too, nice price and size too... I fell in love with Acer pseudoplatanus Brilliantissimum today.. sadly it was being held.

    Here the Moonrise I scored and the location. Please excuse the weeds...

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  7. emery

    emery Renowned Contributor Maple Society 10 Years

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    I often plant more than one of the same plant together. Have a cluster of 3 Amur maples, another of two, 2 diabolicums in a cluster, 3 sinopurpurascens, etc. I have several doubles of dissectuns that, when they get to size, will be planted together.

    Massed plantings make a big visual statement, but it's true, you need to have the room for it. -E
     
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    AlainK Renowned Contributor Forums Moderator Maple Society 10 Years

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    Ha ha ha !...

    jardin_240421c.jpg

    I'm a member of, say a group of citizens, that work to find ways to make our world better, preserve, rehabilitate our environment.

    "Weeds" host lots of insects, that are food for birds, etc.

    My garden is not a golf-course, it's wild and even if I'd like to repair my lawn-mower, it's OK with me actually.
    The birds sing when the sun rises, the bees hum when the flowers open their petals, I can smell the prefumes of the "weeds" in the morning, or in the afternoon.

    You've probably heard that when I was a child, my dad would stop every hundred mile to wipe the windscreen, because there were so many insects that had crashed on it.

    Now you can drive 500 miles without having to wash the windscreen. Weird, isn't it ?...

    I can hear the birds singing when I open the window. And that's a good feeling...
     
  9. Connor Sullivan

    Connor Sullivan Well-Known Member

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    I've noticed this too! I'm a wedding DJ, so I drive all around Oregon in the summer DJing different venues. Not a good thing to have our pollinators/food source for wildlife missing in such large numbers. :(
     
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