The Invasive Tree That Could Infiltrate Your Home’s Plumbing

The Dalbergia Sissoo, also known as the Indian rosewood tree, belongs to the Fabaceae family and is native to the tropical regions of India. In the United States, these trees are commonly found in climates similar to Florida and Arizona. Sissoo trees can cause potential damage to our homes, but are still loved by many for their pointed, glossy leaves, spring and summer flowers, and drought tolerance. When these trees are planted near homes, homeowners are often unaware of the complications that can arise when sissoo trees do not have enough space to grow freely.

Reaching up to 50 feet tall and an average reach of 50 to 100 feet with their roots, these trees grow quickly and become a problem before we have time to fully recognize them. In just eight years, a sissoo tree can reach a height of 18 feet. Once its roots begin to migrate and spread from the base, it risks damaging anything in its path, including patios, pools, driveways, walkways, storage sheds, and in some cases, much more drastic destruction of water pipes and house foundations. While real estate agents will often recognize a sissoo tree before selling a home and will likely remove it, some are overlooked. And even if there are no problems at the moment, that may not always be the case. If you discover that there is a sissoo tree on your property, you will want to know exactly how to deal with it and avoid potential disruption.

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