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20 Trees You Should Never Plant In Your Yard

Most homeowners want their yard to look appealing and plant all kinds of greenery to realize that goal, from flowers and shrubs to grass and vegetables. Sometimes they even might want to plant a tree. However, there are a few trees that should be not be planted for a variety of reasons. Read on to learn why.

1. Cottonwood Tree

Cottonwood Trees are preferred by the many because of their beautiful appearance and low maintenance. However, their soft and shallow root system makes them prone to rot and unstable during bad weathers, which could lead to damage to your roof, car or garage.


2. White Pine

The white pine doesn’t reach great heights, but it is sensitive and requires lots of maintenance. It also often suffers winter or ice-related damage in cold climates and attract plenty of pests, ranging from bagworms to sapsuckers. So it should be avoided in the yard.


3. Mulberry Tree

You also should avoid planting this tree in your yard because it produces vast amounts of pollen which will attract insects and pests. It’s not worth the extra creepy-crawlies, even though it can offer some pleasing summer shade.


4. Linden

You will regret having this tree in your yard as it attracts aphids, and the secreted sap from the tree will get all over your cars and driveway, making for a sticky mess.


5. Sweetgum

Though this tree sounds sweet, it has ridiculously large surface roots. Such root system could damage not only your home's foundation but your lawn, pool, and any other structure nearby. Besides, it produces a fruit that is difficult to clean up once it hits the ground.


6. Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo Biloba has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years and is known for its therapeutic properties. However, they're not suitable to be planted in the yard because they will grow to as much as 80 feet in height and their fruit is hard to deal with when it drops on the ground.


7. Russian Olive

Don't be cheated by the Russian Olive's distinctive look. Although it looks nice, it doesn't fit a typical yard because it crowds out other plants, stealing all their water and nutrients.


8. Leyland Cypress

The fast-growing evergreen Leyland Cypress is favored for its ability to provide you a living privacy screen quickly. The problem is that it needs frequent trimming to ensure the branches don’t get out of control. Another disadvantage of this tree is that it can often be uprooted during periods of severe wind or stormy weather, making it quite dangerous to grow around houses.


9. Mimosa Tree

Like the Cottonwood tree, Mimosa trees are frail with weak wood, which makes them highly unpredictable during storms. Besides, they are well known for producing large seeds, which means a massive forest of mimosa trees can appear in your yard in a short time.


10. Empress Tree

The Empress Tree is a plant native to China and stands out with its fragrant flowers, but it is weak and unpredictable in a storm. Think twice before choosing it.


11. Bradford Pear

The Bradford pear was imported to the U.S. from China in the early 1900s as a replacement for traditional orchard trees that were dying. Since then it became a local favorite with its compact shape and low maintenance needs. That was until folks found that it was highly prone to splitting and cracking when it reached maturity and the flowering blooms had quite an unpleasant smell.


12. Quaking Aspen

Quaking Aspen is often found in northern climes and is favored for its vibrating leaves and white bark. However, the problem is that they have a weak root system and fast propagation. You might be scared when you find a forest starting to overtake your home. Be careful about this kind of tree in your backyard.


13. Silver Maple

Silver maple is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and majestic of trees, but it is notorious for cracking driveways and walkways and for its brittle wood invading sewage pipes and draining fields. Besides, it will grow too large. The largest Silver Maple in the USA measures more than 110 feet tall and over 340 inches in circumference. Do you really want one of these around your house?


14. Ash

Sturdy and robust, many professional baseball bats are made from its wood, but it becomes vulnerable due to the emerald ash borer, a tiny beetle that can easily destroy the tree. If you’re looking for a long-term tree for your yard, look elsewhere.


15. Lombardy Poplar

The Lombardy Poplar was once a popular landscaping tree for its speedy growth (up to 6 feet a year) and columnar shape. The problem is that they’re prone to many diseases and bugs, which can render them ugly, and their running roots are invasive and difficult to eradicate.


16. Willow

Also known as the Golden Weeping Willow, this tree stands out with its slender branches. Beautiful on the outside, it has an aggressive, water-hungry root system that terrorizes drain fields, sewer lines, and irrigation pipes. The worse thing though is that the tree is relatively short-lived, lasting only about 30 years.


17. Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus was imported from Australia and became popular due to their speedy growth, and the strong scent. However, it has a bad rap for suddenly and unexpectedly dropping big, heavy, resin-filled branches and also needs lots of maintenance due to the annual fall of its showy bark.


18. Mountain Cedar

Mountain cedar shouldn't be in your list of yard plan because this bushy tree will release massive amounts of pollen during the colder months, causing severe allergic reactions in many people.


19. Black Walnut

The Black Walnut is not recommended to plant in your yard because it will produce pollen and dangerous toxins that could kill any other vegetable, flower or landscaping plant nearby. What’s more, their fruits are very difficult to clean once they drop on the ground.


20. Chinese Tallow

Chinese Tallow stands out with its broad leaves that to turn bright colors during the autumn. But given the fact it can reach up to 30 feet in width and 40 feet in height, you'd better not consider planting it in your backyard. Just think about how massive the roots it will be in a couple of decades.


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