Cedar Trees

Asked April 9, 2013, 5:37 PM EDT

I am on the board of a condo complex. One of the owners thinks a Cedar (Western Red) is too close to a building. It is aprox. 40 ft. tall and 1 ft 6 inch in diam. at chest height (4.5 ft). The tree is 5.5 ft from a foundation and 3 ft from a cement sidewalk. Neither show any sign of damage from the roots. Is this too close to the building. If this is too close then how long before we would need to remove. Branches do over hang a tile roof. Thanks Denton

Multnomah County Oregon

1 Response

ok Denton..... depends on how much you want to tolerate. Right now, the tree is ok, other than making a mess on the roof, but that's merely a matter of maintenance. a far as growth, some day the tree will start to bust up the sidewalk and possibly crack the foundation. A tree 16-18" dbh now, it will be maybe 20 years or so before thangs get really bad. Too bad it is there, but this is an issure that comes-up all the time in an urban setting: trees planted to close to structures. SO it all comes down to how much do you want to tolerate. Any and all tree issues can be combatted, it's just a matter of how much time and money you want to spend. So for the next several years, the tree is fine. Some day, someone, will have to dael with it. So there you go. steve b