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Large tree growing well in small space

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large tree in parking island

Large trees planted in small parking lot islands constructed over loose or gravely soil can explore the soil beneath the pavement. As roots grow and expand in diameter they often begin to lift the curbs and crack the pavement (blue arrows).

The largest roots on trees can often be found close to the soil surface whether they are growing in a parking lot or in open soil. This can be readily seen in this photo-each crack in the pavements represents the location of a large surface root.