7 Troublesome Trees You Should Never Plant in Your Yard

Trees You Should Never Plant in Your Yard

Last Updated on October 31, 2021 by Phil

Trees complete any yard or garden. They add extra character to your home. Plus, they also protect you and your house from the harsh rays of the sun during the summer months.

But, like all things, there are a few trees you should never plant in your yard. These trees cause more problems that they’re worth, despite that many of them are very beautiful to look at.

In this article we take a look at some of the troublesome trees that will only cause you more headache.

Trees You Should Never Plant in Your Yard

1. Ash

ash treeIf you’re a baseball fan, you probably know that ash is one of the strongest types of wood around. That’s the reason many Major League ball players prefer to have their bats made from ash.

Ash trees are very common in urban cities. In fact, you’ll probably see them in parks.

However, the main problem with this kind of tree is that it can easily be destroyed by a small beetle called the ash borer.

It’s ironic that one of the sturdiest trees around can go down easily to a small beetle. But, that’s the case.

And when this happens, it’s much harder to take the entire tree down because of how hard the wood is to cut through.

2. Elm Tree

elm treeThe elm tree is another common tree you’ve probably heard of. It is well-known for its very long lifespan. The American Elm in particular lives anywhere between 300 to 400 years.

Like ash, it is very strong and sturdy. But, also like the ash tree is can be taken down by a beetle. This time, it’s the elm bark beetle that does the damage. These insects can cause disease which ultimately destroys the tree.

Again, like the ash tree, it can be difficult to remove the tree, not to mention expensive.

3. Ginkgo

gingko treeThe Gingko tree has become more popular in recent years because of its fruit, namely the Gingko Biloba, which has therapeutic effects.

It is an easy to care for tree that doesn’t require a lot of maintenance. It bears bright yellow leaves that make your garden look nice. And, the leaves all drop at the same time during the fall. This makes is easy to clean up after.

That said, the Gingko tress is a tall tree that can grow to as much as 60 to 80 feet tall. Thus, you should have a garden that can accommodate this.

More importantly, if you do go with this tree make sure to choose the male Gingko trees. The females which bear fruit can get messy and smelly. This happens when the fruits drop and leave an entire mess on your yard. Plus, they stink up the place.

4. Sycamore

sycamore treeYou’re probably heard of Sycamore trees. And while they’re known by name, they’re probably not the best choice for your backyard.

The problem with this tree is that it sheds a lot. It not only sheds leaves and barks, but you will also see seedpods on the ground right under its branches.

Additionally, they grow very tall and their roots are very aggressive.

This makes Sycamore trees high maintenance. So unless you’re ready to clean up after it, it’s probably not the best option for your yard.

5. Eucalyptus Tree

Eucalyptus TreeEucalyptus is well known for its therapeutic use. It’s very common in ointments to help soothe your body. Additionally, it also comes with a strong scent.

Thus, only go with this tree if you enjoy its aroma, otherwise, you’ll regret it because you’ll always smell the odor.

Another reason some homes avoid the Eucalyptus tree is that is grows very quickly. This means you need to have the space to accommodate it.

If you do have a large yard and you enjoy its scent, the one last thing you need to be aware of is it is high maintenance.

6. Southern Magnolias

Southern MagnoliasMagnolias are beautiful, and they quickly brighten up your yard or garden. So why do they make our list of trees to avoid in your yard?

It’s simple, they’re hard to deal with.

As a homeowner:

  • Magnolia trees get too big for most yards. This make it difficult to keep within the boundaries of your home.
  • They also require a lot of maintenance. Their leaves fall all year round. This means you need to be ready to clean up frequently. Or, have a messy hard.

For other plants:

  • They don’t play nice. They way their roots grow make it very hard for other plants to grow near it. So, unless you’d like to have a big Magnolia tree that doesn’t have much plantation around it, you’ll probably take a pass at this lovely looking tree.

7. Black Walnut

Black Walnut TreeSpeaking of plants that don’t play nice, we have the Black Walnut.

This tree is revered for the wood that it produces to make amazing furniture. But, they’re not the best options for your yard.

As lovely as the wood that comes from them are, you won’t be able to plant flowers or vegetables near them. That’s because they produce a poisonous toxin that kills other plants near it.

In addition, the fruit they bear gets very messy once it hits the ground. So, unless you’re ready to catch every falling fruit from the tree, you need to be ready to clean up after it.


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