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Willows are notorious for their promiscuous roots, which roam far and wide looking for moisture. That’s why they’re so content growing near ponds and rivers. In the home landscape, roots of willows can find openings in the seams of old pipes and expand into the hollow structures to obtain moisture and sustenance from silt.
Concerned about tree roots? Consider one of these space-saving trees for smaller landscapes.
Beech trees are stately beauties that can last for centuries. As impressive as they are, they have vigorous, shallow roots that can cause problems with both structures and pipes. Cut down a beech and these roots will often send up sucker shoots to become new trees. It’s this same tenacity that makes beech tree roots a concern, if planted near underground pipes. Before you plant any tree, check out this guide for trouble-free tree planting.