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So I'm running out of room. Does it matter if I plant a trachycarpus only a few feet away from a southern magnolia or a needle palm? Or will they fight to the death over nutrients/water/sunlight? Does spacing really matter all that much?

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On 5/2/2021 at 2:28 AM, maskedmole said:

will they fight to the death over nutrients/water/sunlight?

None of the plants will die because they are planted close together, but there will be competition (for all the mentioned things, particularly for sunlight) and probably they will grow slower than they would without that competition., but that depends on many factors.  A Trachycarpus that is competing for sunlight will develop much longer petioles, which makes it look quite different, maybe even more attractive. Southern Magnolias have a very dense root system, soaking up a lot of water and nutrients. So that could be a little bit challenging for the Trachycarpus.

In my opinion it's the grouping of plants (also close together) that makes a landscape interesting and attractive. 

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