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icecream bean tree advice needed

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Kathy starts with ...
Can anyone advise me on the root system of the icecream bean tree. I have been warned that because they originate from a wet place that they might be root aggressive. I live amongst many houses and want to plant it in my front yard where there are water pipes. I really need help here, do the roots damage pipes and damage concrete etc? I really want this tree,the foliage is gorgeous as well as the fruit, but it is all no good if it causes lots of damage. Please advise, I am desperate for answers. Thanks Kathy
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Kathy12
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1st January 2010 5:34pm
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Kit says...
I cant guarantee that they wont damage pipes but I have this info for you. ICB trees have a shallow root system and are very susceptable to blowing over ( maybe more of a consideration than pipe damage )..mine suffered badly during our recent drought through heat stress because root system was not deep enough ( tree defoliated extensively ) yet our mango's next to it thrived and produced fruit ..Im assuming their roots were in deeper moist soil. Hope this helped somewhat.
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Kit says...
I forgot to mention...I dont see any surface of subterranean root system on this tree and its a biggun ...must be 8-9 mts high
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Kathy says...
thanks kit, thats a relief to hear. Based on that, I will now go ahead and buy one, you rippa. Kathy
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