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Name: ryan
clearwater florida
livinthefllife
May 29, 2017 12:52 PM CST
need help identifying the species of schefflera to see if the roots are going to damage my pool in florida. it starting growing naturally about 2 years ago and is now about 13ft tall. it is literally only feet away from our pool, does it need removed or will it be safe this close to my pool?
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plantladylin
May 29, 2017 1:14 PM CST
Hi livinthefllife, Welcome!

I'd move it. When we lived in Daytona Beach, we had a Umbrella Tree (Schefflera actinophylla) growing right outside our pool area (about the same distance as shown in your photo) and the roots ended up cracking the cement deck! We had to resurface our pool and deck one year and luckily a couple of hard freezes ended up killing the tree and we got it out before the work commenced. Smiling Because of their roots, Schefflera should never be planted close to a homes foundation, walkway, cement driveway or pool deck.
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DaisyI
May 29, 2017 1:17 PM CST
I don't know which Schefflera you have but I think they are all considered invasive in Florida. They do seem to have a lot of surface roots (at least the ones I have seen in S. California). Also, they get quite large and wide.
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plantmanager
May 29, 2017 1:18 PM CST
It's so impressive to me to see plants growing outdoors like those. To me they've always been houseplants.
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
May 29, 2017 1:32 PM CST
plantmanager said:It's so impressive to me to see plants growing outdoors like those. To me they've always been houseplants.

Green Grin! Yep ... but all houseplants came from the soil ... somewhere in the world.

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Name: ryan
clearwater florida
livinthefllife
May 29, 2017 2:44 PM CST
Thanks for all the responses! I'll be pulling this up later in the week.
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TennesseeDave
May 29, 2017 2:58 PM CST
Most definitely move it. Trouble if you don't. I speak from experience.

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