A young sorbus tree growing in a courtyard beside a building

Trees that can be planted near houses

We recommend a selection of beautiful trees that can safely be planted near houses.

Trees planted near your home can boost their appeal and provide screening, but it’s important that you choose carefully to avoid potential damage to your house.

Certain trees have a high water demand that, on clay soils in particular, can lead to them drying and shrinking, at worst leading to subsidence. Strong, fast-growing roots can also pose a problem, with the potential to damage drainage systems in their quest for water.

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