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Q.Do Chinaberry Trees Harm Plumbing?

Zone Mount Dora, Florida 32757 | Anonymous added on April 21, 2021 | Answered

Do chinaberry trees harm plumbing? I have a clump of lovely lacy chinaberry trees that shade my bromeliads. My neighbor is insistent that they are harming her plumbing going to and from her house. She says they grow through pipes. She has been very persistent in nagging me to cut the trees. Is there any basis to her claims? I want a good relation with my neighbor but I don’t want her to have me remove the trees if there’s no truth in what she thinks.

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Answered on April 21, 2021

My research says this tree is notorious for being severely invasive, with roots that send up numerous shoots, so it would not surprise me if your neighbor has a valid point. Here's an article about chinaberry. Please read about your tree in this article:

This article has some alternatives that should provide good shade for your bromeliads:

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