One way to think of a ‘Zen Garden’ is this: It is a total state of focusing on trees and plants that incorporates a total togetherness of likeness. Zen is actually a way of being in symbiosis!
So, if you are keen on gardening, you should certainly know that some trees and shrubs are better than others and there are several important aspects you must consider before planting them in your yard.
Choosing the right trees to plant in your garden or orchard is not difficult at all – it just takes some time and a bit of a research. When planting, many garden-owners only take into account a tree’s ability to provide deep leafy shade and coolness in the hot summers.
However, there are other essential points to think about. Some trees have strong roots that travel very deep in the ground, and that can slowly damage the concrete foundation of your house over time. Secondly, there are trees that can grow sky-tall and pose a risk at some point in the future. Lastly, there are weak woods [or trees known to attract various pests and diseases].
Below we help you find out about 22 trees, which are considered the worst to plant. They are trees known for their rather undesirable qualities, so you should steer away from them.
1. Bradford pear
Most homeowners and professional gardeners see the Bradford pear tree as an exotic one for a good reason, given the fact that it was imported over a century ago.
The Bradford pear had quickly become very popular with folks in the United States. It is a very durable tree and requires little- to-no maintenance. The tree was particularly popular in the 1960s, but it was primarily planted in urban settings to decorate residential developments.
The reason why you should never plant the Bradford Pear tree is this: The characteristic pyramidal shape of the tree makes it very fragile. Indeed, its branches tend to break in stormy weather or when strong winds blow – just like the cottonwood.
You might be tempted to think that regular pruning may solve the problem, yet it does not. Apart from the branches, the tree is also known for its white flowers that release a very obnoxious pungent odor.
One of the trees you should not plant in your backyard is certainly the cottonwood. It is preferred over other various plants, given its aesthetic appearance and its low maintenance needs. However, the cottonwood has a very shallow and soft root system which makes its core prone to rotting and fairly brittle during severe storms.
It can also be damaged by bugs and diseases, which makes it even more exposed to the elements. And the last thing you want to experience is a cottonwood tree falling on your roof, garage or fancy car, after a finished storm!
3. Mimosa Tree
The mimosa tree is also ill-famed for its extremely-frail wood that does not make it a particularly reliable tree for homeowners. This tree attracts webworms, and besides the fact that it is a soft plant with branches prone to breakage, the mimosa is also known to produce large seeds that sprout very quickly.
To be more specific, you will have a whole “jungle” of mimosa trees before you even know it if you are not careful with the seeds!
4. Mulberry Tree
The Mulberry tree is radically different from the trees known for their soft wood and weak root system. The reason to avoid planting this berry tree, however, is that it produces impressive amounts of pollen. In turn, pollen attracts “armies” of insects – silkworms being the most invasive ones.
The Mulberry tree is one of the best choices if you want extra shade during the summer, but, at the same time, think about all the insects that will be roaming freely around you when sitting beneath its crown!
5. Chinese Tallow
It’s commonly known as the Popcorn tree, given the appearance of its flowers. The Chinese Tallow is famous for its broad leaves that provide cool shade, as well as for its bright colors during the fall.
However, the Chinese Tallow ranks as one of the most invasive species of trees you can ever plant in your backyard! And given the fact it can reach up to 30 feet in width and 40 feet in height, just think about how massive the roots of this tree will grow in a few decades!
6. Norway Maple
As the name tells you, the Norway Maple is not indigenous to the U.S., but it is actually one of the most versatile varieties of maple, as it can adapt easily. It is known to offer great shade, but it notoriously kills any other plant or shrub that tries to grow around it.
So, not only its dense shade prevents other plants from getting the sunlight they desperately need, but the fibrous roots of the Norway Maple are quite greedy and hostile to other plants, as they tend to absorb all the nutrients from the soil before any other plant gets the chance to do it.
The strong peppermint-like scent of this tree appeals to most people. The Eucalyptus extract is used in a variety of ointments and treatments nowadays. However, if you have decided to plant it anywhere near your home, you might need to give it a second thought. The Eucalyptus tree is known to be one of the fastest growing plants in the world! Besides this, it does require devoted maintenance!
8. Quaking Aspen
The quaking aspen is one of the most durable and versatile trees you can go for. As with many trees, the problem is the tree’s root system. This tree can turn out to be very hungry for nutrients – so hungry that it can end up weighing tons! So, imagine having to care for such a tree in your own backyard!
9. Golden Weeping Willow
This tree stands out through its very long and slender branches that make it look as if it is crying (accordingly, the name of the tree). As beautiful and appealing as the weeping willow might look at first sight, its roots are ready to dry out all the water from the soil.
This is particularly dangerous if you plan to grow anything else aside from the willow, nearby. You should also know that the average height of the weeping willow typically ranges between 75, and as much as 100 feet!
10. Linden (Tillia)
It’s a high-growing deciduous tree reaching a height of about 60 feet. It attracts aphids, and the sap from the tree gets all over cars and driveways, making for a sticky mess.
11. Empress Tree
As majestic as the tree name may sound, the Empress Tree (also known as the Royal Empress Tree) is, in fact, a plant native to China and it stands out from the rest of the trees through its fragrant flowers.
Though this tree grows to a reasonable height and it rarely exceeds 30 feet tall, it is rather weak and does not cope well with stormy weather conditions. So, think twice before planting it, especially if you live in an area where the climate is difficult to predict.