Maple Trees
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maple tree planting

Zone 06403 | bcoppo added on October 22, 2016 | Answered

How far from a house's foundation should a maple tree be planted? Could the tree's roots cause any problems?

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Alisma
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Answered on October 23, 2016

Most maples should be planted 20 feet away from a foundation, although small species like Japanese maple can be planted 10 feet or less away.

Silver maples should be planted even farther away because of their rapid growth and potentially damaging root system:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/tgen/trees-with-invasive-roots.htm

Tree roots can cause damage to houses, sidewalks, and sewer lines if they are planted too close or improperly chosen species:
https://selectree.calpoly.edu/right-tree-right-place/

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