Ask a Question forum: how close to my house can i plant a weeping white spruce?

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Jul 27, 2013 10:50 PM CST
I am getting ready to plant around my new house and I really like how the weeping white spruce would look planted on the front corner of my house. The diameter of the tree and it's growth rate make it very attractive for the space that I have. The only concern I have is about the root spread on the tree. I will be planting it about 6 feet away from the corner of the house and I am wondering if I need to worry about its roots against my poured house foundation. Am I giving it enough space to grow down or will I regret this decision in 15 years?
Name: Hetty
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Jul 28, 2013 3:07 PM CST
Welcome! WWSnewbie. I wish I had an answer for you but I am not familiar with this tree. If you can indicate what part of the world you are in, we can find someone for you who may know more!
Name: woofie
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Jul 28, 2013 3:49 PM CST
Here's a website that might be useful for you:

But as Hetty, said, it would be helpful to know what area you are in.
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Jul 28, 2013 4:28 PM CST
Six feet is probably okay, but I would plant it 8ft. from the center of the plant to the house to be safe. Although this tree is narrow, it isn't small, consequently its roots are not constricted. Black and white spruce roots were used by Native Americans to make a sinewy string, because of the root's strong but flexible characteristics. So you should be able to plant it a little closer to foundations compared to other trees of comparable size.
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Jul 28, 2013 5:34 PM CST

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Hi WWSnewbie, Welcome!
Another issue is simple house maintenance. If you have to paint a little space between the tree and house would be helpful.

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