Is an elder tree likely to cause a problem if growing near a house or garage, i.e. will the roots cause a problem to foundations?
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The root system is shallow, but take a wide area around it.
Large trees, up to 70 feet or more should be planted at least 20 feet from the home, medium-sized trees up to 70 feet tall, 15 feet from the home, and small trees 30 feet tall or less, 8 to 10 feet from the home.