Rubber Tree Plants

rubber tree roots

buzzmavs added on March 17, 2012 | Answered

I heard it's not good to have a rubber tree too close to your house because of its roots. I live in Florida and have a rubber tree that is approximately 9 feet high, but also it's approximately 2 feet from our house. Can the roots damage my foundation, and should I remove it?

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Answered on March 18, 2012

Trees are actually pretty lazy with their root growth. They only become a problem if their roots get constricted, say like one side has a foundation and the other side a driveway.

They can eventually cause problems when they run out of space. Right now, your tree is not overly large and should not be causing problems, but it can grow up to 100ft, if conditions are right. At even a much smaller size - say 30 feet, it will eventually run out of room. The question is, do you want to deal with that now, or wait? Both have their pros and cons.

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