11 Trees You Shouldn't Plant in Your Yard

Some trees are more trouble than they are worth. You may want to check out this list before you head to a nursery.

Silver Maple

#1 Silver Maple (Acer Sacchainum)

Silver Maple trees are big and fast growing. They make great shade trees, unfortunately the speed at which they grow makes them weak and brittle. These trees often break during severe storms and cause a lot of damage especially if planted close to your home. The shallow root system also invades sewage pipes and drainage tile around your home. The roots can also push against foundation walls and cement slabs causing expensive damage.


#2 Ash (Fraxinus)

Ash trees are sturdy and tough which makes them a popular choice for planting around the home. Lately ash trees have become threatened by the emerald ash borer beetle which is threatening to wipe out the species. This may not be the long term tree you're looking for.

Quaking Aspen

#3 Quaking Aspen (Populus Tremuloides)

The aspen is attractive with white bark and gently vibrating leaves. The trouble is the root system is insidious and sends up dozens of suckers that relentlessly try to turn into new trees. Once established the trees are very hard to get rid of. In fact, the largest living organism in the world is an aspen root system called Pando in Utah. It's thought to be over 80,000 years old and weighs in at 6,600 tons.

Lombardy Poplar

#4 Lombardy Poplar (P. nigra Italica)

The Lombardy poplar was once a favorite tree for landscaping, known for it's speedy growth and distinctive columnar shape. The trouble is they are prone to a number of diseases and bugs that turns them into a raggedy eyesore. Plus their roots are invasive and difficult to get rid of.


#5 Willow (Salix)

The willow is one of the most recognizable of all trees, however they have an aggressive, water hungry root system that terrorizes drain fields, sewer lines and irrigation pipes. The wood is weak and prone to cracking, plus the tree has a sort lived life expectancy lasting about only 30 years.


#6 Eucalyptus

Imported from Australia, the Eucalyptus is know for suddenly dropping big, heavy, resin filled branches. It's bark also peels off annually making a large mess to clean up in the fall.

Brandford Pear

#7 Bradford Pear (Pyrus Calleryana)

The Bradford Pear was imported from China in the 1900's. It became a popular choice due to it's compact shape and spring blossoms. The trouble is the tree is highly prone to splitting and cracking when it reaches maturity. To make matters worse, the blossoms are stinky when they bloom.

Mountain Cedar

#8 Mountain Cedar (Juniperus Ashei)

This bushy tree releases massive amounts of pollen during the cooler months, causing many people to have severe allergic reactions. Even if you don't have allergies, you may want to skip this one.


#9 Mulberry (Morus)

Big surface roots, lots of pollen, messy fruit, and so much shade that grass won't grow under or around it. The mulberry is the only source of food for the silk worm and may attract them as well.

Black Walnut

#10 Black Walnut (Juglans Nigra)

Native to North America, this well known tree produces pollen and lots of fruit. Problem is the nuts drop in the fall and create a huge mess to clean up! The nuts also contain a toxin that can inhibit the growth of near by plants eventually killing them which can wreak havoc on nearby flower beds.

Leyland Cypress

#11 Leyland Cypress (Cupressocyparis Leylandii)

These fast growing evergreen trees are loved for the ability to create a privacy screen, however they require constant upkeep. They need trimming to keep them healthy and have a tenancy to uproot during big storms. The center of the tree forms a large mass of dead twigs and branches which can be a fire hazard.

So there you have it... The top 11 trees to avoid when landscaping your yard.

Stay tuned for the recommended top 11 trees to plant in the future!


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