My DH thinks that trees near fences and cats make for disastrous outcomes.
We did move this builder-installed Chinese Pistache to the backyard when we bought our Shantung. At the time, we didn’t have any other shade cover in the backyard, and having a tree there sounded like a good idea. Over time, the lawn surrounding it got ripped out, ornamental beds got installed next to it, and now a pondless waterfall is in the process of being built above it.
This pistache has weathered all sorts of neglect, yet grown tall if a little askew. It’s given our most athletic of cats a place to test his climbing skills. It’s also something to look at with every color change in the fall.
Someday, we’ll likely take out the pistache, but for now, it makes for a great cat climber.
Anyway, it’s a lot more fun than watching them rolling around on the dirt.