Trees You Should Avoid Planting Near Your Pipes!

  • William Demirdonder
  • Nov 26, 2021
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  • 15-minute read

If there is one thing that we see demolishing pipes and plumbing systems around the eastern suburbs, it’s tree roots! Avoid planting near pipes as roots are attracted to softer soil.

Trees need water to flourish and they are experts at ‘sniffing’ it out and when they find it (usually in your pipes) they establish an elaborate ‘home’ of roots that wreck havoc on your drainage and potentially, your sewer system.

When the pipes finally crack, break down or are just too full of roots to carry water, you have a real plumbing issue on your hands!

That’s when you call us and we can investigate using CCTV to see how extensive the damage to your pipes really is.

If there is a pesky tree that needs some maintenance, just who is responsible for it?

Well, this diagram explains the boundary lines and when the tree maintenance if your issue or not.

Some types of trees are more notorious for creating headaches for plumbers. These trees are aggressive growers and create elaborate root strongholds in your pipes.

They include gum trees, ficus, jacarandas, pines and oaks.

When planning your garden, be sure to ask your local nursery about plants and trees with non-invasive roots and think about installing a root barrier, which are placed in the ground to protect your plant or tree’s root system.

The List Of Trees Which Should Not Be Planted Within Ten Meters Of Pipes:

These Trees Should NOT Be Planted Within 10 -15 Meters Of Your Pipes:

  • Black Bean
  • Castanospermum austral
  • Brush box
  • Lophostemon Confertus
  • Bunya pine
  • Araucaria bidwillii
  • Figs
  • Ficus species
  • Illawarra Flame trees
  • Gum trees
  • Eucalyptus species
  • Hackbcrry
  • Cchis species
  • Hoop pint
  • Araucaria cunninghamii
  • Jacaranda
  • Jacaranda mimosifolia
  • Norfolk Island pine
  • Araucaria hetcropshylla
  • Oaks
  • Quercus species
  • Pine
  • Pinus species
  • Plane trees
  • Platanus species
  • Poinciana
  • Delonix regia
  • Poplars
  • Populus species
  • Sheoaks
  • Casuarina species
  • Silky oak
  • Grevillia robusta

Adding To This List, These Types Of Trees Should Not Be Planted Within 3 – 6 Meters Of Your Pipes:

  • Adelia
  • Adelia species
  • Bamboo
  • Phyllostachys species
  • Banksia
  • Banksia species
  • Bauhinia (shrub species )
  • Bauhinia species
  • Bird-of-paradise
  • Sterlitzia reginae
  • Bottlebrush
  • Callistemon species
  • Bougainvillea
  • Bougainvillea species
  • Camellia
  • Camellia species
  • Cassia (shrub species )
  • Cassia species
  • Coral tree
  • Erthrina species
  • Crepe myrtle
  • Lagerstrocmia indica
  • Flame tree
  • Brachychiton accritblium
  • Frangipani
  • Plumeria species
  • Grevillea ( smaller species)
  • Grevillea species
  • Hibiscus
  • Hibiscus species
  • Lasiandra
  • Tibouchina species
  • Lilly pilly
  • Syzygium species
  • Liquidambar
  • Liquidambar styraciflua
  • Oleander
  • Nerium oleander
  • Pampas grass
  • Cortaderia selloana
  • Paperbarks
  • Melaleuca species
  • Pride of Bolivia tree
  • Tipuana speciosa
  • Privet
  • Ligustrum species
  • Rubber trees
  • Ficus elastics
  • Tea-tree
  • Leptospermum species
  • Wattles
  • Acacia species
  • While cedar
  • Melia azederach
  • Wisteria
  • Wisteria Sinensis


So next time you go to plant a tree on your property with the goal of it growing big and providing beautiful shade for the whole family, just take a look at your pipe system first.

You can always ask our friendly team to come and inspect your pipes to see whether you’ve been infiltrated by tree roots, and investigate your options to remove and repair the obstruction.

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