A 35 year old monkey puzzle tree growing approx. 10 feet from our house and is about 30 to 40 feet tall – Worried about the roots and the house foundation, do the roots grow straight down ? Should we be considering having the tree cut down and if so should the roots be left intact or removed also ? Many thanks.
Having said that any large tree close to a house can pose a hazard by falling. However, monkey puzzle is generally very wind-firm and not likley to blow over and it does not have heavy branches.
On balance it is propbably okay for a while longer, but, as it is a large tree, it will eventually get too big and probably block gutters. It was planted in the wrong place to start with and this will compromise it long-term future.