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Q.Dwarf Flamingo Tree Planting Location

Zone Swindon, Wiltshire | Kipper.herrington added on May 27, 2024 | Answered

Hi Guys, We have a flamingo tree, currently in the largest pot we can find which it has out grown, so we are thinking of planting it out. Our ideal location is a bit close to the house and as it’s a willow we are a bit worried about roots growing underneath the foundations or weakening the foundations by taking all the water. The soil is clay As the plant grows to 2.5 mts, what would you advise to be a safe distance? Thanks lots in advance Tim & Sheena

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Answered on May 27, 2024

When planting your flamingo tree (Salix integra 'Flamingo'), it's important to consider its vigorous root system, especially since it can grow up to 2.5 meters tall. Given the clay soil and proximity to your house, it's safest to plant it at least 4-5 meters away to avoid potential damage to your foundations. This distance helps prevent the roots from interfering with the structure and seeking water near the house. Additionally, you might consider installing root barriers to further protect your foundations. This precaution will help ensure your tree grows healthily without posing a risk to your home.


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