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By Haria

United Kingdom Gb

my neighbor has planted a Catalpa (golden Leaves) tree about nine feet from the house, and in front of my kitchen window. I am worried that it may block out my light, and about the root system affecting the foundations of the house. Do I need to worry? Thank you. H



The yellow leaved version of Catalpa bignonioides is slow growing - after 25 years, it should be between 8-12 metres high with a spread of 8 metres or more. Even so, 9 feet from your house foundations is too close.

28 Sep, 2014


Catalpa can also be cut back hard in the spring to produce shrub like, smaller plants but with huge leaves....maybe that's their intention.

28 Sep, 2014


I would worry if it was me though. There isn't anything like room to accommodate its eventual spread if they don't intend to keep cutting it back. Does your neighbour know how big they grow?

28 Sep, 2014


Thank you all. You have been very helpful. I think I had better point out your comments to my neighbour.

29 Sep, 2014

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