cherry tree root

8 Nov 2007
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My house was built in the 1990s and there is a small cherry blossom tree in the front garden (actually three small trees "grouped" together as shown in the photo). It must be there for a long time (We moved in 14 years ago). It's 2.6 m from the house and about 3m tall. I have found its root is quite shallow (visible from the soil) and some can reach out 1.5m from the tree, which is quite close to the tarmac driveway. I just wonder whether the root will continue to grow and potentially damage the driveway?

any advice is much appreciated.


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The roots on our cherry tree spread much further than anticipated, well beyond the tree's branches, also at surface level. It has lifted slabs on the patio so I imagine it will affect your drive. It might be worth speaking to a tree surgeon. Check if you're in a conservation area, if so the tree is automatically protected, and Council permission is needed, although not normally a problem if the tree is causing damage.


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