From:Crows Landing, CA Region: California Topic: Trees Title: Trees with non-invasive roots for California Answered by: Nan Hampton
My family is currently in the process of redoing our entire yard. A huge task I might add! We had fruitless mulberries planted and one Modesto Ash. As much as we loved them we are hating their roots. It seems like a never ending task of sifting through the dirt trying to take the largest of them out.
We live in the country so space isn't the issue we have. We are looking to plant trees that have deeper roots and give plenty of shade. We also plan to put in sprinklers around the yard so watering won't be an issue either. Can you suggest something that is semi-fast growing and preferably seedless, no acorns. We live in the central valley of California and the soil has a bit of clay in it.
Should we stick to planting pine trees?
If you want large trees for shade, your best bets are conifers and oaks since both have deep tap roots. And, in general, conifers are usually faster growing than oaks. There are two conifers, both pines, that that grow in Stanislaus County according to the USDA Plants Database.
You can find more trees, small and large, that are native to California by doing a COMBINATION SEARCH in our Native Plant Database. Select 'California' from the Select State or Province option and then 'Tree' under Habit (general appearance). You can see distributions by clicking on the USDA link under the ADDITIONAL RESOURCES option on each individual species' page. Then, click on California on the USDA distribution map to see which counties the species has been reported from.
Small native flowering tree for Virginia September 21, 2009 - Could you recommend a small flowering tree (8-10' mature size) to plant in front garden next to the house. Full sun. Something that doesn't have invasive roots that would damage the house.
Thanks... view the full question and answer
Fast-growing trees for privacy in East Texas September 02, 2013 - Fast growing tree seeds for my area to create a tree grove for privacy. view the full question and answer
Native Texas tree for anniversary in Austin May 20, 2009 - My husband and I would like to plant a tree in our yard commemorating our 5 year anniversary (wood anniversary). What native Texas tree can we plant in June? I love Red buds and any pretty blooming ... view the full question and answer
Are red berries of modesto ash toxic to dogs November 29, 2010 - Are the red berries that come off the modesto ash tree poisonous to dogs if they eat them? view the full question and answer