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Q.Planting a Fig Tree

Anonymous added on February 20, 2011 | Answered

We planted a fig tree last year next to the garage hoping it would grow up the side. Our neighbor says we planted it too close to the foundation. How far from the foundation do you suggest we plant it?

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Answered on February 21, 2011

With fig trees, you don't need to worry so much about damage from the roots to the foundation as long as it has space on the other sides for the roots to grow. The problem will really come in more from the branches. Figs like to spread out and need about 20' - 25' of space to accommodate their branch spread. You can prune any sides that are too close to the house yearly, but you will essentially end up with more work and losing part of the tree. Some people are ok with that, and if you are, then it will be fine.

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