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Q.Will Rubber Tree Roots Damage My Foundation, I Have A 20 Ft Tall Very Thick Multi Trunk Rubber Tree Planted 2 Ft From My House

Zone 34746 | Anonymous added on August 14, 2022 | Answered

I have a 20 ft tall very thick multi trunk rubber tree planted 2 ft from my house. I prune it to be about ten ft tall it grows fast. Will it damage my foundation, i live in Florida, it has been on the east side of my house for 25 years.

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GKH_Susan
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Answered on August 27, 2022

The roots are considered invasive and surface roots can lift sidewalks. As the tree grows tall and wide, so do the roots. Pruning can keep it a manageable and compact size. However, two feet is too close to the house for any tree.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/rubber-tree/rubber-plant-outdoors.htm

https://hort.ifas.ufl.edu/database/documents/pdf/tree_fact_sheets/ficelaa.pdf

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