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I have a 7 year old house with a 5 year old rose of sharon planted one foot away from my house in the backyard. I cut it back away from my siding and keep it about 7 feet tall. I noticed the trunk of the bush is really massive. I'm starting to worry since it is so close to my house, will the roots one day penetrate my foundation wall or even worse my drainage tiles? Thank you for your time.
Hardiness Zone: 5a
By Dave from IL
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I am trying to decide where to plant a rose of sharon, blushing bride. At maturity it grows 10 feet tall and 6 feet wide. How close to my foundation is it safe to plant? How extensive is the root system?
Hardiness Zone: 7b
By Carolyn from South Mills, NC
The one thing you do not want to do is plant this tree or any tree close to your house. The roots will cause you to have problems with your foundation big time. If you have no other trees plant it in the middle of your back or front yard. Where ever you will enjoy it the most! We have two trees to transplant that just started to grow at least not with my help. Our Father keeps planting trees for us and these trees grow to seventy feet so they are being planted as far away from anything possible! Good luck.
Unless it is sterile, prepare for lots of seedlings. I am going to take mine out this fall and put in weigela. (05/15/2010)