Pacific Wax Myrtle Hedge

gerrhaApril 30, 2010


Based on previous posts in this forum we are considering Pacific wax myrtle for about 200' of hedge. I have been searching for, but have not been able to find, a recommendation for spacing between the plants along a hedge row? I was thinking that the plants should be about 8' away from the property line. Does that sound OK? Also, roughly how long would it take to fill in the hedge?


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In general, the spacing of a hedge plant is based on its mature spread but that can be fudged a bit depending on how dense you wish the hedge to be and how fast the coverage. 6-8' is the recommended spacing for Pacific wax myrtles......the smaller number offering a slightly denser hedge sooner. One could take it somewhat tighter but you risk some interior dieback and loss of foliage due to excessive shading by the neighboring plants

Once established, growth is pretty rapid so at the above spacing, I'd expect decent coverage in about 3 seasons. Pruning back the leading shoots once or twice a season will result in somewhat denser lateral branching as well -- a shorter but bushier plant.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2010 at 12:21PM
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We planted a 100' PMW hedge in the fall of '08 placing the shrubs about 8' apart on average. Today there still are 4'to 5' gaps between them. The stems have matured noticeably but the shrubs height and spread are only marginally larger now. They have been nibbled on by deer during that time as well. I hope to see some acceleration in their growth now.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2010 at 12:29PM
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Not a follow-up, this is a fresh question. Last spring I planted 6 PWMs on a steep, south-facing slope in Corvallis. All were planted equally well and are on drippers. The deer nibble on them a bit. By last fall it was evident that only two are thriving, with a foot of growth, nice dark green color. The other 4 are pale green and have grown only a little. I'd sure appreciate some advice. Thanks, Tony.

    Bookmark   March 6, 2011 at 6:35PM
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