12. Lombardy Poplar
It used to be a popular and favorite tree to plant due its distinctive columnar shape and speedy growth. Yet, it has fallen out of its favor. It has lots of bugs and diseases that make it look ugly, and its root system is difficult to control and eradicate too.
Sweet as it may sound, the sweetgum tree has ridiculously-large surface roots. So, the root system can and will take its toll, not only on your home’s foundation, but also on your lawn, pool, patio and any other structure it comes across. Besides, it produces awkward fruits that are quite difficult to remove from the ground.
14. Ginkgo Biloba – The Female Tree
The Ginkgo Biloba tree is one of the most used trees in the traditional Chinese medicine. It is known for its therapeutic properties – however, this does not mean that you should start planting it in your backyard!
In fact, these voluptuous trees can grow to as much as 80 feet in height! Another problem is the Ginkgo Biloba fruit. They tend to be very messy once they fall on the ground, driveway or patio. Nonetheless, it needs to be mentioned that this only seems to happen with the female Ginkgo Biloba tree. The male tree is OK, and can be nicely grown in your backyard.
15. Russian Olive
The Russian Olive is a tree with a very distinctive look. It also lists as one of the most invasive species you can possibly find out there. It crowds out other surrounding plants, stealing all their water stocks and nourishing.
16. Black Walnut
We think that the Black Walnut is yet another tree you should not plant in your backyard. Mainly, because it produces dangerous toxins that kill any other vegetable, flower or landscaping plant nearby. Besides, similarly to the female Ginkgo Biloba tree, the Black Walnut tree’s fruits are also very difficult to clean up, once fall on the ground.
17. White Pine
The white pine does not reach staggering heights like other trees, but the problem is that this tree is actually extremely sensitive and requires a lot of care in the long run. It is not a great choice for cold climates, as it can quickly suffer injuries due to the winter burn or ice damage.
The white pine is also known to attract all sorts of pests, ranging all the way from the sapsuckers to bagworms. So, before planting it, you should ask yourself whether this tree is truly worth your while!
18. White Birch
You can find numerous different types of birch, and they certainly add a ‘luxurious touch’ to your backyard lot. Yet, the problem with the white birch is that it cannot thrive in hot and dry climates, and it is also prone to a notorious tree killer, known as the bronze birch borer. Plus, the white birch has a very shallow root system that makes it rather unstable and dangerous to grow in the vicinity of your home.
The ash tree is known to be one of the sturdiest and most durable trees you can opt for. The problem appears when it comes under attack of an emerald ash borer [the ash tree’s biggest enemy]. Believe it or not, this sturdy big tree can be easily destroyed by this small beetle!
20. Leyland Cypress
A very special type of tree, the Leyland Cypress grows very fast, and it does not require too much maintenance either. It is safe to say that the Leyland Cypress is a fairly hassle-free plant for any backyard.
Nonetheless, these types of trees often get uprooted during storms, severe winds or blizzards, even if they are aged tens of years. This drawback certainly makes them dangerous to grow around houses and structures.
21. Silver Maple
It is easily seen that the Silver Maple is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and majestic trees out there. And not only does it offer great shade by growing quickly, but it is also a very easy tree to trim and prune. Again, the problem with this tree too is that it has brittle and rather weak wood, in spite of its strong root system that can often inflict damage on walkways or driveways.
The silver maple is one of the most popular types of trees, as it has been planted all across the United States, primarily in urban areas. Its virtues are: inexpensive, easy to establish, and low-maintenance grade.
But you must also know that this tree’s roots have become its worst enemy. The largest Silver Maple in the U.S. measures more than 110 feet in height, and it has a circumference of over 340 inches. So, do you really want one of these “giants” around your house?
22. Honey Locust
The last one is another tree that you should really stay away from – the Honey Locust. This deciduous tree with an average height of about 70 feet possesses a very distinctive leaf structure. However, the biggest problem with this tree is that it is often attacked by the honey locust bugs in late spring.
Fortunately, there are so many better alternatives to this bad company of 22 trees!
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