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Planted a lovely specimen about 2 years ago and it was about a metre tall .... Loved it for its silvery look, long thin trunk and lovely rounded leaves - and evergreen so great for screening . We have clay soil and I was pleased at it growing so quickly - it now stands happily above the 6 ft fence and is serving its purpose. Now the in laws pipe up saying they're concerned for our house- saying the roots will damage our foundations .... The trunk is probably 3 / 4 inches diameter ... I've tried researching and typically everyone has different opinions - but - generally speaking what I've read so far is bad news for the tree ...... Please , what should I do ? Thank you !!

Far too close to the house.they become huge, cause problems, it should be removed can prune them for the new foliage each year buton balance remove.Ispeak from experience, very expensive to remove and the timber no good for the fire.


Couldn't agree more. The roots will pillage your foundations. They can wreak havoc with drains and sewerage pipes too.

You have to dig it up now., eucalyptus grow fast.  I've seen so many planted too close to houses one requiring professional removal 

Gosh does sound serious
Thanks guys
I haven't read anything to the contrary so think my poor tree is a gonna


.... On the back of that I could do with ideas for replacements !

I have a large flower bed in it which needs to be filled ... It's against the neighbours fence and on the opposite side if the garden we have a conifer tree arrangement which is doing really well

Low maintenance / seasonal change and any evergreen ideas would be good

Our garden is fairly square , say 10 metres by 11 metres with neighbours I'd like to be screened from at the bottom of the garden and side ! 6 ft fencing to 2 sides - the walled side has the conifer bed , I like that side it feels complete ...

With these factors and a clay soil - oh and south facing ., any help ?

P.s . I'll get the hubby onto removing the eucalyptus


Gembo, my own experience of a eucalyptus tree is the total opposite of other posters.  They only become huge if you don't prune them. Have one about 8 metres from house which has been there for 15 years or more.  Keep it to about 6ft and it has caused no problems whatsoever.


It depends on the variety. There are many, many hundreds of them, including small varieties that don't get beyond about 6 feet fully mature. The growth rate of Gembo's suggests it's not one of the small ones.

Any idea of the variety, Gembo?


We seem obsessed with this "No planting a tree near a house". If the house is on a concrete raft, as most new houses are, then the roots will not penetrate. On heavy clay a big tree will suck a lot of water out  of the soil and cause shrinkage of the clay,but if it is on sandy soil it is less likely.

I have spent a lot of time in Australia,and they use eucalyptus as  street trees all the time. They don't seem to have a problem, but they are mainly sandy soils.

The most common eucalypt in this country is E. gunnii. This responds well to being pruned down low each year, forming a nice bush with round decorative leaves.


Yes, I noticed that when I was in Sydney earlier this year.  Every house had trees for shade planted right up against the house.  I think the drains are more vulnerable than the foundations. And many roads had trees planted along them for shade too .

But it is best practice not to plant nearer the house than the eventual height of the mature tree.


I don't profess to knowing much about gardening but, as you say FB, kept prunned the Eucalyptus is a really nice tree to have. I love the backdrop it gives. It still has the small rounded leaves as I cut it to 6ft every year.  Actually, it's only 4ft at the moment as son went to town on it!  Was a small bush when I bought it. Oh, and I have clay soil! 

This is making me feel a tad confused ... !

I've just tried to see if I can post a pic on here ... Failing somewhat ...
I'm happy to give it hair cut - it's standing well over the fence line and I wanted it be, or even just keep it at the height it currently stands

There's no sign of damage to the surrounding paving ... Of course I can't see what else is going on underneath, and it's the first few posts that scare me a wee bit !!


I'm confused. I've just seen an advert for the big knit. Innocent smoothies want people to knit a small hat and send it in,and they will donate 10p per hat to age uk.-- Up to a maximum of 20,000 hats.

By my reckoning thats £2000 to age uk. and at least  £10,000 to Royal Mail for  2nd class stamps. Not to mention the cost of advertising on tv.

Wouldn't it be better to donate  direct and cut out the middle man. Its not as if these hats will be of any use other than as  egg cosies. Even squares for blankets would be of more use as they could be made into blankets.


Sorry wrong thread, that should be on the rant thread.

Ha ha !!!
I read it all and though, & admittedly did wonder if it was mocking my 'I'm confused' statement !!

Very good rant though, I saw that ad the other day and i dismissed it for its gimmicky - ness



let's find it fidget! 


Welshonion, I spent the first 45 years of my life there. Some tree roots aren't a problem. Many are, and not just eucalypts. For whatever reason, people still plant the wrong trees too close to houses and wonder why they pay the price. Our last house in Sydney had an established garden when we bought it. It cost us hundreds of dollars a year to clear and repair drains and we had to take out a tree that started invading the foundations.

I won't start on the number of footpaths lifted by tree roots. Funnily enough, it's very common here in Italy too.

Look, eucalyptus grows so fast,  a replacement planted further away from the house would be a sensible decision.  I cut eucalyptus every year down to ground level ...then you get those juvenile, blue leaves.  Of course I am talking about Gunnii which I think is the best for stooling.  

Not best practice to plant any tree too near a building.  Forget for a year or few and, before you know it, you have a problem.  

Gambo said a girth of 3 or 4" so it's getting bit chunky.

I think i'll feel safer to get rid and start again
I'd hate to find we do have issues in the next few years, and we aren't planning on moving for a good 5 if not 10 I'd say .

I'll only have a nagging worry ... And life's too hassled already without adding some tree to the equation !
I'll think of different things to replace it with, it'll give me a needed kick up the butt too, I need to grow a pair so to speak and stop dilly dallying around making garden decisions and just go with it !!

Fed up of over thinking the garden ... Just gotta start and I'm sure it'll be fine !

And another tree bites the dust - what a shame.