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Longview, Texas
May 9, 2016 12:54 PM CST
Thank you for offering a Q&A page! I have a small backyard with my new home. I recently had two large elm trees cut down in my backyard. The large roots go directly to the foundation of my home. I am planning for replace trees that would be dwarf and small enough not to cause the issues I am dealing with now. Please give me your suggestions.

I have a full sun backyard so I cannot plant Dogwood trees that I dearly love!! Thank you for your time and assistances.

Do you have any suggestions for the large roots on the surface on my yard? I did have the roots grounded for the two elm trees.

Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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May 9, 2016 1:06 PM CST
Cornus kousa "Milky Way" might work for you.
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Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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May 9, 2016 1:25 PM CST
There are a series of dwarf Crepe Myrtles that might be lovely as well. If you just click on the Plant Database (upper left in the blue sidebar) and type in "Crepe Myrtle, dwarf" there are 6 or 7 different colors.

As far as the roots all over your yard, I think I'd pay a young, strong fellow to roto-till it for you. (rent a heavy-duty roto-tiller) Chop up those roots so they'll either be able to be collected and trashed, or they will break down underground much faster than if you just leave them and plant stuff over top.

Some really nice groundcovers will grow amongst the roots of trees pretty well, eg. Asiatic jasmine comes in lots of colors and variegations. You could just gradually clear pathways and have groundcover so you won't have anything you'll have to mow, or rake when your trees lose their leaves.

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Name: Amanda
KC metro area, Missouri (Zone 6a)
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May 9, 2016 1:35 PM CST
Texas Mountain Laurel (Sophora secundiflora)

Smoke tree (Cotinus obovatus)

Grancy graybeard (Chionanthus virginicus) or Chinese fringe tree (Chionanthus retusus) (Fringe Trees, First is native, the other isn't)

Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia incia)

Chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus)

Texas olive, Cordia boissieri

Texas redbud(Cercis canadensis var. texensis)

There are more but these are some to get you started. The others have mentioned some good ones too.
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