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landscaping a circular driveway

Zone 23452 | krossi added on September 2, 2016 | Answered

We previously had a large magnolia tree in the center of our circular driveway. Over time, the roots grew so much that they lifted and cracked the driveway. We have now removed the tree and had the driveway repaired; however, we now have a bare 30-foot-across bare spot in the middle of the driveway. We live in Virginia Beach-- what kind of tree would be decorative for the center of this area, but will not impact the driveway?

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    Alisma
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    Answered on September 2, 2016

    This article has a list of trees that should work in situations like your:

    http://pubs.ext.vt.edu/430/430-028/430-028.html

    Also, for most trees the size of the root system is related to the size of the tree, so most dwarf varieties and other trees and shrubs which are quite small at maturity will have smaller, less damaging root systems.

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