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This question pertains to Washington State. We have an old boundary tree that was obviously planted on our property but whose trunk has grown close to the property line. We had the tree surveyed to establish how far from the property line the tree is and the surveyor placed a pin about 12" above the ground on the root flair portion (curved part of tree as it goes into the ground) and determined that the property line is 0.6 feet away from that pin. We have had a certified arborist visit the tree and he reviewed the survey and the tree and said it is 100% our tree. However, the neighbor claims that because that at the property line some of the root flair is above ground and on their property that they co-own the tree, and they say that anything above the ground is part of the trunk.The neighbor very strongly does not want the tree removed (we are selling our home and new owner wants to remove tree for health reasons) and says she believes that the tree flair (one root of the flair) extends into her property (which is arguable that it does and if so, extends maybe 1 inch past the property line). She has called the buyer's real estate agent and berated her, which the real estate passed along to the buyer who is now having second thoughts about the purchase, and has written an email stating that it is her opinion that she co-owns the tree and does not give permission to remove it. We are trying to understand if there is a legal definition or case law of what constitutes the tree trunk since the main trunk (the straight part that is above the root flair) is well within our property line. The neighbor has always said the tree was our tree and we have solely taken care of the maintenance of the tree for the past nine years.