Crape Myrtles against the house
"I have 3 beautiful Crape Myrtles against my house that stand about 8 feet tall. I am concerned about the roots cracking my foundation and causing damage in the future to our basement. Is this something I should be concerned about and if so, can I transplant a tree this large? Kristi in Kansas."
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Crape myrtles do not have particularly invasive roots, but if they are growing directly against the foundation, there's a slight chance that they could cause damage. It would be best if they are several feet away from the foundation. Large crape myrtles can be transplanted in late winter or early spring before growth begins. Cut the plant back severely (nearly to the ground), and move as much of the root system with the plant as possible when doing so.

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