The Q&A Archives: Shademaster Honeylocust

Question: I have a Shademaster Honeylocust planted 20 feet from my septic leech field. Will the root system create a problem? Thanks.

Answer: This is eventually a very large tree, usually well over 50 feet tall at maturity. Tree roots generally run at least twice as far from the tree as the branches spread. So they could eventually infiltrate the leach bed, yes. Your local county extension may have guidelines for tree spacing based on the local soil conditions in your area. I hope you don't have a problem.

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