Green ash trees are vigorous growers and can reach up to 60 feet in height with a broad crown up to 30 feet wide, according to TreeHelp.com. Planting it at least 15 feet away from your home will keep the canopy from touching your house. It will keep it farther than the recommended 10-foot distance from the chimney, according to the Fire Safety Council. This distance will eliminate the "fire ladder" effect, which fuels the spread of fire to structures, says the council.
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Ten Feet Away
You may plant a green ash tree less than 15 feet away from the home and the tree may still not touch the structure. According to TreeHelp.com, the crown's width may be as little as 20 feet, leaving you a 10-foot clearance for the canopy to spread. You may also trim the tree as needed to keep the branches from touching the home's roof, as suggested by the Fire Safety Council.
It's better to be safe than sorry. Green ash trees grow vigorously. Plan for it to grow to maximum height and width by planting it at least 15 feet away from your home. This will save you the time or money of having to trim the massive tree later to prevent the fire ladder.
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