Sweegums in small planters

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by maxwilbryan, Sep 9, 2009.

  1. maxwilbryan

    maxwilbryan LawnSite Member
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    I Installed a few 2" Slender Shiloette sweetgums at a clients house. They were in plantersraised about 3ft tall. There is maybe 3ft from front of planter to house. He had an architect design it. I tried to talk him out of it. I was worried they would bust the block planters in time. Now I'm thinking they will probably just die in the winter bc of no insulation. Talk to me people. I may just have him check this thread. Zone 6b 7a
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  2. Tyler7692

    Tyler7692 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    They need to be in the ground. Period.
  3. JNyz

    JNyz LawnSite Bronze Member
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    If they don't make it just blame the architect. I have this issue all the time with architects not putting in deer resistant material after the client and I specify it must be deer resistant. Three weeks later I call and say it is time to buck up. They are actually 1 step below the landscaper on the evolution chart.
  4. Dreams To Designs

    Dreams To Designs LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Most likely they won't die from winter kill as they are hardy to zone 5, but very likely they will destroy the raised planter beds over time with a very strong, and extensive root system. The idea is interesting, two columnar trees, likely flanking the front door and will probably last 10-15 years. They would be better off in the ground or a very larke rasied planter as they can reach a height of 40', and without a strong root system can topple over, maybe into the home.

  5. maxwilbryan

    maxwilbryan LawnSite Member
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  6. maxwilbryan

    maxwilbryan LawnSite Member
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    I will send some pix when I get to pc.
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