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Orlando, Florida
Jan 20, 2018 11:43 AM CST
I have a question about a rubber tree plant that was planted very near a wall of a home I recently purchased. When I bought the home the tree's branches were held by some string to the porch post so they wouldn't block the home's entrance. The string is still there. I've had the tree trimmed once. My concern is if this close proximity to my home will cause damage to my foundation or ruin pipes. It is a small tree but growing taller. I hate to cut it down. But I can't afford damage either. Any suggestions? I've attached a picture.
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Jan 20, 2018 12:04 PM CST

I hate to be the bearer of bad news but that's a terrible place for a Rubber tree. It will break up your concrete walkways and invade your sewer pipes. Also, they get HUGE and will probably move your house about 2 feet that way.
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Name: Bill
Livonia, Michigan (Zone 6a)
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Jan 20, 2018 5:04 PM CST
If it were mine, I would cut it back to like 12-15" tall and forcibly dig out whatever rootmass you can and replant to a more desirable location.
What may seem to be a severe pruning will not harm the plant.
A fellow down the block from me had a10-12 footer in his property, he trimmed it back to 4', within. Year it grew back bushier and healthy. He printed it again recently and it is coming along nicely.
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Orlando, Florida
Jan 21, 2018 9:44 AM CST
Thank you so much for these replies DaisyL and Big Bill. I passed over purchasing a home that had a tree's roots move the attached garage away from the home causing $30,000 in damages. Hope this smaller rubber tree hasn't done that yet to my house. Really appreciate your input. A yard man had told me it was fine were it was.

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