The Perfect Tree for a Small Front Yard

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HELP!!  Calling all arborists or green-thumb types...  would love suggestions for the perfect tree for a small front yard that would need a future foundation repair or new driveway...


League City Real Estate TreesI live in League City, Texas... in a platted neighborhood.  My street (the best street in town) is a small Cul-de-sac Street.  I believe we are in Hardiness Zone 9.  It would be nice if we as Realtors have a list of trees to suggest when selling real estate in our areas, since we see regularly what can happen when the wrong types of trees are planted.

Our home was recently constructed by a typical builder who doesn't pay any attention to proper landscaping (or much of anything).  They planted 2 oak trees in our front yard.  One of them is 4 feet from our concrete driveway and the other one is 5 feet from our foundation.  (I am measuring from the canopy not the trunk).

All is well for now.  But within 5-10 years, this will absolutely be affecting the integrity of my foundation and my driveway.  So, I am getting approval from my home owner's association to get a variance for the 2-tree rule.  This is typically granted for small cul-de-sac front yards.


Neighborhood Tree Requirements are as follows:

  • 4" caliper from 6" off the ground
  • Minimum height of 12 feet
  • Hardwood and Evergreen is more likely to be approved by the HOA


My wife and I would love something that will not grow too fast or wide, and will have minimal impact on our foundation and driveway.  Lucky for me, League City has an arborist.  I've also contacted her to see if she has any suggestions and I'm waiting for a reply!

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Brian Worrell - GRI, CNE
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