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Bath, England
Oct 5, 2017 12:43 PM CST
I wondered if anyone knows about the roots of this tree and if they will effect the building by being so close? The owners preference is to keep the tree but not if it will damage the building. (no sign of damage at the moment).
Thanks and kind wishes!

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Name: Lin
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Oct 5, 2017 12:55 PM CST
I'm not sure but it reminds me Cabbage Tree (Cordyline australis) This page tells about the root system that can apparently cause structural damage:

Hopefully someone will recognize the plant and be able to give you an exact ID.
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Oct 5, 2017 1:08 PM CST
I would think any potential damage would have shown itself by now, as that appears to be a pretty mature tree. It would be good to get a positive ID and mature height though to be sure.
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Oct 5, 2017 1:14 PM CST
No, I don't know what kind of tree it is either although they grow in the San Francisco Bay area. Yes, I was thinking if it was going to cause a problem with the foundation, there would be some surface damage (roots growing on the surface, cracked sidewalks). That is a pretty old tree.
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