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I am worried about the root system on a crepe myrtle tree. I want to plant one or two in my back yard close to my house and patio. Will the root system grow underneath my cement patio? How far away should I plant them? Thank you.

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By kathy from Port Richey, FL

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May 1, 20090 found this helpful

I had a large, older crepe myrtle planted about 10 feet from the house & never had any problems with the roots.

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Our house was built in 1902. A crape myrtle that was planted when the home was built was growing about 5 feet from the house. At the time we moved in, no one could figure out what it was because no one had seen one this big.

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The trunk was at least 2 ft. in diameter. It took a truck to pull it out. No foundation damage was caused by the tree.

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