Camphor Trees
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can camphor tree roots be damaging in front yard with a sprinkler system

Zone La Verne, CA 91750 | rubeacor added on May 17, 2019 | Answered

Have this tree in our front yard. See roots rising on one side. Feel concerned

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Downtoearthdigs
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Answered on May 18, 2019

Camphor trees are very slow growing, to about 50' tall and about 60' wide. Tree root systems typically grow near the soil surface and extend one to one-and-one-half times the diameter of the tree canopy. Roots will naturally gravitate toward sources of water, which can include drainfields and leaky water pipes. To be on the safe side, provide 60-90 feet of space between underground sources of water and the trunk of a camphor tree.
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/camphor-tree/camphor-tree-growing.htm

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