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Tuesday - February 24, 2015

From: Plantersville, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Trees
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Answered by: Jimmy Mills

QUESTION:

I have an Ehretia anacua in the way of possible development of a new building and I have a few questions.\r\nWhat is the typical life span of that tree and are the roots sensitive to compaction and disturbance if I placed a driveway within a few feet of the trunk.

ANSWER:

I want to start with a little tutorial about trees and tree roots. The links below will let you know about compaction and impervious cover under the canopy of  your Anacua.

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Anacua Ehretia anacua (Anacua) is  a popular ornamental tree in Texas growing to 36 -72 feet tall. There are some who claim it is their favorite tree . A fine specimen can be found growing at the Bexar County Courthouse in San Antonio, TX.
Anacua is rated as a slow-grower which means about 12 inches per year depending on growing conditions. (see previous answer). A tree could live for 36 years to reach its mature height. Probably less if there is a driveway around its trunk.

 

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