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Old 04-22-2012, 07:13 PM
 
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That is a Magnolia Grandiflora. Yes they can do extensive damage to concrete and possibly the foundation.

Remove it before repairing the concrete. If you purchase the house. Also remove that fruitless mulberry at the same time.
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Old 04-22-2012, 07:55 PM
 
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Thanks so much ! here is a closeup view of the tree trunk width in comparison to a 10 year old child's head size. Any of you have an idea how old the tree might be, and if it is still growing ?
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Old 04-22-2012, 07:58 PM
 
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OP, from the photos of the driveway damage you attached in post #6, I suspect that unless there is heaving of the concrete upward, that the cracks are not due to the root structure of the nearest tree but rather that there were no stress joints put in the center line when the driveway was poured.
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Old 04-22-2012, 08:27 PM
 
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The tree can get to 80-90 feet. I think you can imagine the girth of a tree that size.

One thing you haven't provided which you had the biggest question on is a picture of the area around the tree.


You can look up info on the tree on wiki.

To MOgals point the driveway pour looks like a home job or a real bad contractor.

What part of the Bay is that in? I suspect your ground is clay and the substrate used under the driveway was of poor quality, not deep enough and no rebar was installed.

See how the cracks were cleaned and ground. Looks like they were getting ready to top coat it to cover the cracks.

I wonder what else they hid or were going to hide.
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Old 04-22-2012, 08:39 PM
 
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It's a beautiful tree and not close to the HOUSE . . .people come up with really weird concerns. Remove the house, not the trees. Why would people cut beautiful trees down for some paranoid reason?
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Old 04-22-2012, 08:55 PM
 
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Thanks for your inputs. here is another view for width around.
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Old 04-22-2012, 09:04 PM
 
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have to say that during Hurricane Rita with 130miles per hour winds; I saw no magnolia trees wich are commo her that were blown down or really effected.It sems to be a strong tree i wind and water soaking.The only reason I don't like them is the pods that drop ocne a year and the leafs don't much well and have to be rake and disposed of.Other wise I see no problem having one.
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Old 04-22-2012, 09:05 PM
 
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Old 04-22-2012, 10:03 PM
 
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It's a beautiful tree and not close to the HOUSE . . .people come up with really weird concerns. Remove the house, not the trees. Why would people cut beautiful trees down for some paranoid reason?
People put the trees there in the first place when they shouldnt have.

Remove the house yeah that's the logical thing to do.
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Old 04-22-2012, 10:05 PM
 
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BTW Bambam I was wrong about the first tree next to the street. It is a London Plane tree most likely Bloodgood. It also has not been pruned very well in the past.

Check your utilities more than likely your water service runs right next to those trees. I can see your water meter box next to the street and its about 4 feet from the plane tree.

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