I have planted a tree in my garden. It is a prunus x subhirtella 'Autumnalis Rosea'. It is planted next to my stone wall, which is only a few feet (about 8 - 10 feet) from a neighbor's house. Are the roots likely to cause a problem with foundations of the house? I do need the height of a small tree to provide privacy from neighbor windows. The tree will also be the the main focus of my small garden. Can I perhaps keep it pruned to reduce its growth, thereby avoiding any complaints from the neighbor? When would be the best time to prune it? I would be very grateful for your advice.
Planting a Tree
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Small trees like that do not have a large enough root system to do damage to a foundation. They are commonly planted rather close to homes for this reason. You should be fine and will not need to do anything special to keep it in check.