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Planting Instructions for the Green Arboricola
Add a combination of composted cow manure and top soil (or organic peat humus) to the hole when you plant.
Branch trimming - rather than cutting across leaves - looks best, though these shrubs can be kept more manicured with a hedge trimmers. Branches are fleshy and easy to cut even on older plants. Trim as needed for shape, and in spring (late March through early April) you can do a harder pruning for size.
Water regularly but give the plant enough time to dry out between waterings. These shrubs don't like wet locations and are considered drought-tolerant once they're established...though a regular, well-timed watering keeps them looking full and lush. Fertilize 3 times a year - spring, summer and fall - with a quality granular fertilizer.
Landscape uses for Green Arboricola
•medium-height hedge •plant for the corner of the house •accent in a garden bed or by the door •privacy plant around pool or patio •camouflage planting for A/C, pool pump, etc. •lining a blank wall
About The Green Arboricola
These shrubs grow in a mounded shape and make wonderful accent plants, privacy plants or hedges. They're also useful in hiding the "unmentionables" like the air-conditioner or those funky above-ground drainage pipes that can spoil the look of a front yard. There is a full-size Green Arboricola that grows quite a bit larger if you need to hide something big.
One of the benefits of using this plant is that if you trim back any branches, the plant doesn't have to grow out of the trim to look good. The umbrella-like leaflets generally cover up any cut points so the plant always looks good. The green variety grows fast, more rapidly than the popular variegated one. It can be kept 4 to 6 feet tall (or more if you prefer).
How To Care For The Green Arboricola
If you're looking for a pretty, easy-to-grow, mid-size shrub, this is it.
Plant it anywhere full sun to full shade and it will thrive. Forget to water it, it will forgive you.