9 Stubborn Trees To Avoid

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Before planting and cultivating trees in your yard there are a few species of trees that you should considered the pros and cons of before planting! Here are the most well-known “pesky” trees:


Silver Maple– A popular tree for yards in Virginia and the Eastern United States. They are great shade trees and grow very rapidly. Which is good for time but the speed of growth causes for weak and brittle wood that is notorious for breakage during severe storms. Also, their shallow roots causes problems for sewage and drain pipes, and causes cracks in pavements.


Ash– A very strong tree that is well loved in the U.S. Yet, this tree species is known to be infested by the emerald ash borer beetle. If you’re looking for a tree that will have longevity in your yard this isn’t a good fit.


Quaking Aspen–  A tree that is found in the northern parts of the U.S. It’s a beautiful tree with white bark and flowing leaves. It certainly has much appeal for yards but it’s a dangerous choice! This tree’s root system is insidious. It is determined to multiply and send up roots that grow into new trees.


Mulberry– This is a very good shade tree. It’s so dense that it prevents grass from growing around it. This tree is know to have very messy uproots and releases tons of pollen. Worst of all, this tree is the only source of food for silkworms so it’s almost a guarantee to be invaded by these pesky little bugs. This is definitely a tree to avoid!


Willow– This is one of the most well-known and beautiful trees in the U.S. It is a favorite among homeowners because of the curb appeal. Yet, the root system can cause many problems in your yard. They have an aggressive water-hungry root system that tears up drain, sewer and irrigation pipes. It is also a very weak wood known to break and crack. These difficult trees only live to be about 30 years old.


Black Walnut– This is an absolutely beautiful, large and dense shade tree that lots of older homes have around them. Despite Black Walnut Trees’ popularity, there are a few downfalls to consider before planting. It produces lots of pollen and nuts that have to be cleaned up in the fall! The worst part about this tree is the toxins that it releases. It releases a growth inhibiting toxin that kills nearby plants, trees and flowers. So if you are a gardener beware!


Lombardy Poplar– This is s favorite choice because of the speed of growth. This tree can grow up to 6 feet in a year! Yet, it’s a pesky tree, which is often invaded by diseases and bugs that eventually kill it off.


Eucalyptus– This tree is imported from Australia. It has much appeal to homeowners for the rapid growth of up to 10 feet in a year. It is notoriously known for its branches that frequently break off. It is a good choice for a large space away from your home and other structures.


Bradford Pear– This tree was imported to the United States from China in the 1900s. It is a very beautiful tree that blossoms in the spring. Yet, it is prone to splitting and cracking as it reaches maturity.


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