Root System of Pine Trees - Knowledgebase Question

michigan city, in
Question by gfloraday
May 28, 2005
Is there a type of pine tree that grows in sandy soil, shade and has a somewhat contained root system? I want to plant it near our house, and don't want the roots the interfere with the house foundation.

Answer from NGA
May 28, 2005


Most pines become huge with age (60-100'), so I'm concerned that you might be planting too close to the foundation of your house. The smallest pine is a Mugo Pine and makes a lovely focal point in a garden. Lacebark Pine (Pinus bungeana).The lacebark pine is a small to medium sized tree. As the tree matures the smooth bark begins to flake away, creating a beautiful patchwork of numerous colors. This pine typically branches near the ground making it an excellent landscape specimen plant.

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