Advice with picking a tree to sit close to side of house
Hello, I would like some advice on a suitable tree to plant close to our new-build house in London. We have left a space in the flagging outside our front door (not direct line, just off-set) with the intention of planting a tree to aid with privacy and to help screen the 1st floor bedroom window directly above the front door. The hole is 90cm-60cm and is 140cm from the side of the house, which is a timber frame structure with concrete foundations. The tree doesn’t necessarily need to be an evergreen but we’re looking at something that acts as good screening without blocking too much light. Our main concern is picking a tree whose roots won’t damage the house over time. Our top pick so far is Pyrus calleyrana ‘Chanticleer’ for its shape and root system. Any advice and suggestions much appreciated! Thank you Rob
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As long as it's not a Bradford Pear, which are invasive, weak branch structure, and smell awful when they bloom.
I also wouldn't plant a tree in that small space. Tree roots would be forced to grow under the cement, which would suffocate them, plus probably break the cement.
You might get away with a decorative shrub, either evergreen or deciduous, or a fountain. I'm not sure if the site gets sun or shade, so here are ideas for both: