We live in South West France. normally we get temperatures of up to 3
degrees C in summer, and short periods of minus 9 to 12 degrees C i
We have had a patio consturcted and have left a one metre diameter hol
for a tree to be planted to give some shade. The patio is laid on on
foot of reinforced concrete, and underneath that there is solid clay
which in the hole makes water very slow draining. We have been advise
that the tree roots may rise and distort the patio in time. Is thi
likely to happen? If so, what type of shrub or small tree would thriv
in these conditions without endangering the patio?
We would be most grateful for any suggestions
Consider one of the Japanese maples.
It would provide year-round interest, something important in such a
spot. Japanese maples are very well-behaved in such situations and can
take the drainage issues you may have, up to a point.
If you plant the tree too deep the woody roots will often come up and become
ALSO SEE THE FOLLOWING FOR PLANTING
If so, what type of shrub or small tree would thrive
How big is your patio? Do you have room to make a big pot? I can give some
suggestions for a big pot. The pot has to be big.
John A. Keslick, Jr.
Beware of so-called tree experts who do not understand tree biology.
Storms, fires, floods, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions keep reminding us
that we are not the boss.
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