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Things to consider when choosing a shade tree include deciduousness, coverage, longevity, and the ability of the roots to damage foundations.
Shade trees can enhance the privacy of a garden, patio, or back yard, by obstructing the view of outsiders. A disadvantage is that in cool climates, an abundance of shade trees may lead to a dank environment in any nearby buildings or gardens.
Shade trees must not be planted near chimneys as flying fire sparks can ignite tree branches, causing rapidly expanding fires.
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