The Q&A Archives: Tulsons Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar Roots

Question: What are the root habits of this tree...tap, close to the surface? I really like this tree and have two of them about 2 years old. Recenty I discovered an orange-colored root at surface level about 10 feet away from one of my cedars. Now, my neighbor has three large trees on the other side of the wall from where my tree is; avacado, guava and another citrus tree. How can I tell if this root is from my tree or from my neighbors?

Answer: You can expect to find a majority of your cedar tree roots in the top 12-18" of soil, radiating out about twice as far as the dripline. Whether or not the orange-colored root is from one of your cedars is hard to say. You could dig under the root and pull on it to see where it travels. I suspect, from the coloration, that it's probably from a cedar and not from avocado, citrus or guava, but the only way you'll know for certain is to dig it up. Best wishes with your landscape!

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