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Gary
Is a Quercus suber or Cork Oak tree suitable for planing in a small front garden about 5 metres from the house

The tree is now about 12 metres high. I understand that it will grow to about 20 metres and will also spread further. It is in the middle of a small lawn and provides great shade, but I am worried that it may become too big and/or unsafe in this location.

Submitted: 06:05PM, 08 Feb 2018
Answer: Hi Gary,

Thank you for contacting Yates.

You are worrying for the right reasons. The tree as it grows taller and wider will spread its roots both laterally and further down. Removing this magnificent tree may not be a good idea and moving a 12 metre tree would be very costly and with little guarantees that it will survive. We would recommend pruning the tree to keep its height at about 12-13 metres. Do bear in mind the wider the tree grows, wider would be its lateral roots, so keeping a smaller crown (shape) would be safer than letting it grow wide.

Occasionally feeding it with Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser would keep it healthy.

We wish you all the very best!

Kind regards,

Eric
Yates Consumer Advice Horticulturalist

Category: General
Answered: 08:22AM, 09 Feb 2018

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