The Q&A Archives: Dawn Redwood Culture

Question: I want to plant a Dawn Redwood tree within 20 feet of our septic lines. Will the roots get into the lines and clog them?

Answer: Redwoods are massive trees when fully grown, often growing 3 to 5 feet a year. In your area, you can expect it to grow 75-100' tall and 25' wide. Do you really have room for such a specimen in your yard? Redwoods also like generous amounts of moisture and will actively seek out water sources. If you plant a redwood that close to your drainfield you can be assured it will invade the system - which can be an expensive ordeal over the years. If you'd like some advice in choosing a tree for your site, we'd be happy to help! Write back with specs on what effect you're looking for and what your soil, etc. is like. We look forward to hearing from you!

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