The Q&A Archives: Planting Tree Location

Question: We planted a Galaxy Magnolia about 8 feet from our home. How big will it get. Will the roots grow into my basement foundation? If yes, when is a good time to move it?

Answer: Tree roots will potentially find and exploit any weaknesses in a foundation, pipe, drain, or similar situation. If there are no weaknesses then it should not be a problem.

According to Michael Dirr's "Manual of Woody Landscape Plants" Galaxy is a pyramidal shaped tree growing about 25 feet tall and capable of reaching a width of about ten feet in ten years.

If you want to move it and it has been in place for several years, very early spring would be better followed by fall. June, July and August are the worst months for transplanting because of the heat and potentially dry weather. If you have just planted it, it might be better to move it right away.

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