Trees too close to the house

would like to plant a magnolia, cherry, pair, and plumb trees in the garden-

How far do the routes grow on these trees - how close to the house can i plant them?

there all in pots at the moment, but i would like to plant them in the garden 5 metre away and then pave from the house to the trees - will the trees bring up the paving ?

I hope this makes sense   



  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 24,528

    Hard question this one Andrew.

    Lots of different species and varieties of all these. What have you got?

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,641

    With cherries it depends on the rootstock.with dwarf rootstock, all of these should be fine at 5m from the house. What varieties do you have?

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 45,211

    With the pear and plum as well, it depends on the variety and rootstock that it's been grafted onto.  And some magnolias grow huge, and others take forever to get to a decent size.

    What varieties do the labels say?

    If you stop taking chances, you'll stay where you sit. You won't live any longer, but it'll feel like it.” 
  • Giddy123Giddy123 Posts: 304

    morello cherry

    victoria plum

    conference pair

    not sure what the magnolia is but i will get a picture

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  • Alan4711Alan4711 Posts: 1,569

    Hi Andy, weve just moved to a Bungalow actually called Magnolias and we have 8 and i dont know which variety they are but like Dove says some can be huge, im moving 4 away from the house so taking no chances and i hope to keep them to a reasonable size if i can,so the answer is check the variety and make a note of it for any buyer in case you ever move home,  good luck  

  • If you live near a new housing site, have a word with the site manager as they have a tree guide to see where and what can be planted near buildings.
  • Tropical SamTropical Sam Posts: 1,493

    That is Magnolia grandifolia. I would not plant that next to a house but would keep it in a large pot next to a south facing wall.

  • Giddy123Giddy123 Posts: 304

    thanks for your comments. 

    i will buy a large pot - ant ideas on size?

    what about the fruit trees?


    thank you

  • Alan4711Alan4711 Posts: 1,569

    im told normally fruit trees spread roots about the same width of the width of the  full grow tree, maybe a rough guide . 

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