Who owns a boundary tree?

Generally, the location of the trunk determines who owns the tree.  A tree trunk that stands solely in your yard is your tree. As the tree owner, you can decide to coddle your tree or cut it down.

Tip: If you and your neighbor are co-owners of a true boundary-line tree, then you cannot cut down the tree without your neighbor’s consent, and vice-versa.  You and your neighbor share the tree-care expenses and responsibilities equally.

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1. What is a nuisance tree?
2. What is a boundary tree?
3. Who owns a boundary tree?
4. How do I locate the boundary lines for my property?
5. What can I do if the roots or branches from my neighbor’s tree encroach into my yard?
6. What is self-help?
7. What are the consequences of trespassing to cut down my neighbor’s tree?
8. What can I do about branches, leaves, fruit, and other debris from my neighbor’s tree?
9. Who owns the fruit on the branches of my neighbor’s tree that hang into my yard?
10. My neighbors cut down their tree that shaded my yard. Do I have any recourse?
11. What is the best way to resolve disputes about trees between neighbors?
12. Where should I go to seek legal help, if needed?