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Caribbean Mahogany

Posted by Floridiano FL (My Page) on
Thu, Apr 10, 14 at 9:59

There is a tree which my HOA defines as Caribbean Mahogany, very typical of south FL. If you search "Caribbean Mahogany Fruit" you will find it. The trunk is about 6-8 inches in diameter. The issue is this tree has a thick root going under the foundation of my property. From this root smaller roots are formed which also seem to go under the ground below my property. I don't want to remove the tree. Is it safe to just cut the root? Will that make the tree die?

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RE: Caribbean Mahogany

no one can really say.. if cutting one root will kill a tree ...

i doubt it highly ... unless it is a major root ... or such causes it to fall over in a wind storm ...

but if you cut a root.. it will make the tree more aggressive in growing other new roots.. so in the end.. over time.. you really do not accomplish anything ...

i doubt many of us are 'hands on' familiar with this tropical tree ... perhaps if there is a FL forum.. you might find more peeps with direct experience ...


RE: Caribbean Mahogany

Caribbean Mahogany is most often used as a common name for Swietenia mahagoni, so I guess that is what you are working with.

For a good answer to your question, I think we need to know more precisely what your concern is. Are you worried about having surface roots in your yard, damage to a foundation, or what?

RE: Caribbean Mahogany

I saw one in a parking lot in the Fla keys. Very beautiful bark.

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