Nah, I'm not expecting it to grow much larger...
Better late than never, I'm starting a new series of posts dealing with "the wrong plant, wrong location" practice I see all too often during my travels across Toronto. Below is a wonderful and particularly egregious example of the triumph of hope over experience:
|Oh, Christmas tree!|
Firstly, just ignore the white rock "mulch" under the Colorado Blue Spruce. Whether you think it looks ghastly and outdated (it is), let's rather focus on the where this youngster of a tree is planted.
To our left is the only paved access from the front door to the driveway and backyard. The width is about three feet.
In the foreground is a shared driveway about 15 feet wide.
And, yes, there's a huge mature oak about 6 feet behind (you can see its trunk).
Now consider the typical mature size of this spruce: 50-75 feet high by 10-20 feet wide.
Let's spend a few moments doing the math.
As your accountant might say when you present her with incomplete receipts in a shoe box, "the math doesn't add up." Or to borrow that infamous line from the movie "Jaws", "you're gonna need a bigger set of clippers." What, you don't enjoy being caressed by such a spruce on the way to and from the car, carrying groceries into the house, lugging out the hose, etc.?