What species are safe to plant near my house?
Most home foundations are built to withstand encroaching tree roots and won't be damaged by them directly. However, by removing moisture from the soil, some trees can cause severe subsidence (movement of the ground) that can damage your foundation and underground services.
Always ensure that you are planting your trees far enough away from your house or other buildings. Tree roots can be destructive to foundations, especially in clay-rich soils. Branches can also pose a hazard if they happen to break from the tree.
The following table can be used to determining the minimum distance your trees should be planted from your house or other structure.
At maturity a tree's roots will typically be as broad as its crown. However, there are exceptions (keep the following species at least 15 meters (50 feet) from homes and underground infrastructure):