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Planting besides a drive way, What trees?
« on: December 26, 2020, 09:15:51 AM »
Hey there I have a super nice open area besides a long drive way to my house. I have been digging up the area besides it prepping beds for some fruit trees. I am wondering what trees are recommended with roots that won't destroy the concrete driveway? I am going to be planting several generic jaboticabas (really wish I could get seeds shipped to Nam but customs is really thorough searching through international packages) as anything but normal Jabos are like 90 usd plus to buy non generic black fruited ones, some surinam cherries/pitanga, roses, feijoa and a miracle fruit. Heard these all should have roots that wont destroy the concrete but I thought I would ask here. Also these should all stay fairly short, hopefully. Wondering about other tropical fruit trees that would fit in and not destroy the concrete and remain small or medium height.


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Re: Planting besides a drive way, What trees?
« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2020, 10:22:32 AM »
Following along. Friend of mine in similar situation, with a long, 3 foot wide strip of dirt between fence and pool deck. I recommended jabos and various eugenias, along with passion vines. Not sure what else would go well. Maybe some garcinias.


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Re: Planting besides a drive way, What trees?
« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2020, 11:47:13 PM »
Bananas should work but there are probably too many good varieties available cheap in your local markets to waste space on them in your yard. How about a dwarf variety of Sapodilla like Makok ?


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Re: Planting besides a drive way, What trees?
« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2020, 02:39:45 PM »
I worried about this for a LONG time. I enjoy collecting fig trees, and the trees of the genus ficus are notorious for destroying property. However, I since learned that the size of the roots is generally proportional to the size of the canopy. That is, if you prune your plant in the spring to a small size every year, the tree won’t be able to form massive property damaging roots. There may be several sources to teach you how to do this, but the one that I particularly enjoyed was a book called “grow a little fruit tree.” It generally shows you how to force a tall tree to grow like more of a short bush.

Cases where this strategy won’t work are fruiting trees from seed that require a huge size before fruiting, such as marula.


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