6 Trees to Avoid Planting in Your Yard

The trees in your yard can greatly complement your home and improve the natural beauty of your property. Not all trees are good choices regardless of how beautiful they may seem. As certified arborists, we are well-versed in the benefits and drawbacks of different trees, so we compiled a list of trees to avoid. If these problematic trees are already in your yard, the team at 770-Tree-Guy will be glad to help you minimize the negative impact through proper care and preventative measures.

  • Bradford Pear Trees—In the spring, they look like they are beautifully blanketed in snow. Their aesthetic appeal is obvious with such delicate white flowers. Unfortunately, the drawbacks of the Bradford Pear Tree are considerable. First off, if you have ever been in close proximity at all to the tree, you will remember the horrible fishy smell which comes with those gorgeous white blossoms. Beyond the unpleasant odor, it is notorious for spreading thorny seedlings, which cross pollenate with other varieties of pear trees, creating thorny thickets. These thorny brambles can cause significant problems alongside roads, fence lines, and fields. Bradford Pear Trees also fair pretty poorly during storms due to their branch structure. Because homeowners are becoming aware of the problems with Bradford Pears, thankfully, fewer people are planting them currently.
  • Leyland Cypress Trees—Whether looking for a large green tree to improve landscaping or a fast -growing tree to provide privacy coverage, homeowners choose these green giants for a variety of reasons. The Leyland Cypress is also a popular choice because of its ability to grow quickly in a variety of soils. The benefits can be quickly overwhelmed by the possible problems. Many homeowners may not realize the growth potential of these evergreen trees: over 100 feet tall and about half as wide. What starts a simple privacy tree could easily outgrow the space you intend. Beyond the out of control growth, the Leyland Cypress is prone to Bagworm infestations and diseases, such as Seiridium and Botryosphaeria cankers and needle blight. Because of the close proximity these trees are planted to each other, they can spread these diseases rapidly, killing off trees aggressively. Although extra pruning and TLC may minimize the impact of some insect or disease issue, the considerable risk is still there. Choosing a different tree which can still provide the benefits without the significant drawbacks would be wise.
  • Mimosa Trees—Mimosa trees have the most beautiful flowers for about two weeks during the summer, but they look horrible for the rest of the year. Not only do they look unattractive most of the time, they are also prone to insects and disease. Their roots are invasive so they may also be causing problems for your other trees below the surface. Additionally, their seedlings easily spread within a ¼ mile of your tree. You and your neighbors will be better off without a mimosa tree.
  • Silver Maple—Think of the Silver Maple as the band-aid solution for homeowners who want quick shade. They grow about 3 feet a year and can reach up to 70 feet eventually. Often, the fastest solution is not the best solution. Silver Maples may bring quick shade, but they also bring an abundance of potential problems. They do not handle stormy weather well so you could end up with damage to your home or property. Their roots are invasive so they can cause problems for your other plants as well as they can cause your sidewalks to crack. Also, the roots can invade your water lines, causing significant issues for your home. The Silver Maple will drop a ton of seeds so you could end up with countless Silver Maples to plague your yard. Buy yourself an umbrella for shade and leave the Silver Maple out of your yard.
  • Eastern Cottonwood—With a fluffy white appearance, the Eastern Cottonwood is aptly named. Unfortunately, the list of problems with this tree add up unbelievably fast. They are high-maintenance and messy so you will constantly be cleaning up around this one. When storms come, the delicateness of this tree does not survive well. If those reasons are not substantial enough, the Eastern Cottonwood is prone to disease and insects. Equally important, the roots are incredibly invasive, wreaking havoc on your other tree roots, sidewalks, and water lines. For a tree that does not even look that great, the negatives greatly outweigh any benefit.
  • Hackberry—When you cannot seem to grow anything else, a Hackberry can make it. This hardy tree can handle drought, terrible soil conditions, wind, and heat. The adaptability of the Hackberry is truly the only thing going for it. The tree is incredibly messy so you will be working harder on your yard maintenance. Even worse, the berries of the tree are loved by birds so they will spread seedlings everywhere. Birds are not the only fan of this tree. Aphids love to snack on the Hackberry leaves, which causes a sticky substance to drop on the ground and encourage black mold growth around the base of your tree. No yard is improved by the presence of sticky and unsightly mold.

If you are wondering what trees could benefit your yard, one of our arborists would be glad to evaluate your yard and help you choose the ideal trees to plant. Call 770-Tree-Guy today to schedule your consultation!