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fruit trees roots interacting with adjacent concrete sidewalk

 
Morgan Louis
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Hi permies, this is my first post on any public forum. I want to get my homeowners association to allow me to plant a fruit tree in a patch of dirt in between an asphalt road and a concrete sidewalk. They have a problem with this idea because they don't want the roots of the tree to damage the sidewalk. There was an ornamental tree there before, but the HOA cut it down and chipped it because its was causing the sidewalk to vault and they ended up replacing the concrete. If I can give them a list of fruit trees that won't damage the sidewalk, they will plant one. And hopefully pave the way for more fruit tree plantings in the neighborhood.

The problem is that it is not my land and I can't plant what I want, and I am not allowed to even plant the tree myself. They hire a landscaping service to do all of the maintenance.

I am in usda Zone 8b for sure, and sunset zone 16 i think? South Santa Cruz County, Ca, just west of the Mount Madonna range.

Thanks in advance for your input or advice.
 
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Morgan Lewis : Many people believe the Service or Serviceberry or June berry tree to be among the most beautiful Trees when in bloom in
N.America ! It comes close to the beauty of the famous Japanese Cherry trees in D.C.

It exists in every state but Hawaii, While some types grow to 20 -25' it is a small trunked small limbed tree that will last for years, and is not
likely to present a problem for your sidewalks Do a Google-fu to get a good picture to show your H.O.A. and stress the small trunk,limbs, roots
idea !

Hope this was timely and helps !Good Luck ! For the good of the Crafts ! Big AL
 
Morgan Louis
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Thanks for the serviceberry suggestion. From what I researched so far, it seems like the branches wouldn't be conducive for a walking path. If it were planted within a foot and a half of a sidewalk, would I be able to walk under its branches without bending over? It seems more like a tall shrub. Do you have any links describing the nature of its roots, trunk, and branches?
 
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Morgan Lewis : Goto :::--> AMELANCHER Article at Wikipedia !, there are probably ten verieties that can successfully grow in your area,
everything between a Small bush and a skinny tree whose branches can be trained to grow where they are wanted even though the Skinny Tree
is 20-25' tall ! Or do a Google Search for Service berry Tree pictures and click on any good looking picture to get a sample article !

For the Good of the Crafts ! Big AL
 
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