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Old 05-30-2010, 09:36 PM
 
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Default Fig Tree Root Question

If a turkey fig tree is planted right next to my sidewalk, does it have the type of root structure that will eventually crack and buckle my sidewalk or are the roots not that invasive?
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Old 05-31-2010, 12:42 PM
 
Location: NC, USA
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Figs do have an extensive root system, don't know if the roots will dig up concrete or not, my grandparents had a HUGE fig tree in their back yard up against a fence, didn't bother the fence.
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Old 05-31-2010, 05:50 PM
 
Location: Albemarle, NC
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Where are you located? Figs aren't cold hardy to all zones, and even in my area, Brown Turkey can sometimes need shelter from cold winter winds. If you're in zone 8 or higher, you will end up with a tree rather than a small shrub. These things can reach massive sizes. So think about the mature size of the tree before you plant it close to anything.
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Old 06-01-2010, 01:37 AM
 
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Yes! Mature fig roots will push up concrete & asphalt. My neighbor had an enormous Mission fig & it buckled her driveway.
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Old 06-01-2010, 08:58 PM
 
Location: the Outer Limits
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oh, dear. I may need to rethink about where my brown turkey fig is planted.....
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Old 08-24-2010, 08:21 PM
 
Location: western u.s., planet earth
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How are you coming with the fig trees?

I am ordering brown turkey figs, and understand it is best to constrain the roots, either in a pot, or with pavers and rocks in the ground. For example you could dig a 2x2 foot hole three feet deep, put rocks in the bottom and 2x2 pavers on the sides. This won't completely constrain the roots but should curtail them enough. Otherwise the tree could put all it's energy into growing and not have any energy left to bear fruit.

An issue here is gophers. I might need to build a concrete pot in the ground, with a bottom of rocks, to try and keep the gophers away.
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