5 of the Best Trees with Non-Invasive Roots

Trees with non-invasive roots are an ideal choice for yards with less space. Their shallow root systems make it possible to avoid damaging plumbing, paving, or home foundations while still contributing to a beautiful landscape. 

In this post, Ray’s Tree Service, Altamonte Springs’ tree service professionals, identify tree species that can transform your space without destroying your home. 

Why Make Non-Invasive Tree Choices? 

The are several reasons for choosing trees with non-invasive roots: 

  • Prevent tree roots from damaging foundations or plumbing
  • Stop soil erosion
  • Enjoy the beauty of ornamental trees
  • Improve the garden with shade and wind protection
  • Reduce air and noise pollution 
  • Attract birds and other forms of wildlife

Which Trees Are Ideal? 

There are many trees with non-invasive roots, including the following: 

  • Oaks have a large taproot, so they don’t need an extensive root bundle.
  • Pines have a shallow root system and hold the soil together well.
  • Ashes have a taproot, making them stable and unlikely to fall over.
  • Elms can be a good option if you are willing to maintain their root systems.
  • Eastern black walnuts are an excellent option for those wishing to grow food.

Our Top Choices of Ornamental Trees for Florida

Ornamental Trees

Ornamental trees are often smaller than their natural counterparts and easier to maintain. Good options include: 

  • Crape Myrtle
  • Japanese Maple
  • Eastern Redbud
  • Serviceberry
  • Cornus Mas
  • Kousa Dogwood
  • Dwarf Korean Lilac
  • Japanese Tree Lilac
  • Star Magnolia
  • Crab Apples

Fruit Trees

If you would like a tree that is not only beautiful but useful, consider planting various varieties of citrus. Many will grow well in a large pot, though this will limit the amount of fruit they can produce. 

While some trees, like figs, are always problematic, pruning can help you keep others in good order. It’s also worth looking at dwarf versions as they curtail root growth and produce plenty of fruit. Our team can assist you in choosing the best varieties and how to maintain them properly. 

Here are some varieties to consider. We are referring to the dwarf versions for many of these, so if there is an option, select the smaller one: 

  • Citrus trees like lemon, lime, and oranges
  • Adams Crabapple
  • Pawpaw
  • Cornelian Cherry Dogwood
  • Apple
  • Cherry
  • Pear
  • Apricot
  • Plum
  • Eastern Black Walnut

Shade Trees

Is your goal to create a shady retreat rather than a fruit-producing orchard? There are many plants that produce verdant foliage and provide ample shade. You can create interest by choosing those with colorful leaves and beautiful flowers and offsetting them with their plainer counterparts. 

Consider the following options for shade and to create a lush garden oasis: 

  • Amur or Sugar Maple
  • Chinese Pistache
  • Red Tip Photinia
  • Trident Maple
  • American Hornbeam

Contact Us Today to Schedule Service!

Now that you know more about trees with non-invasive roots, would you like to learn more about the different types of trees in Florida? If you are interested in starting your next landscaping project, our team is here to help.

Contact Ray’s Tree Service at (407) 326 4019 to schedule service today!


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