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10 Trees To Avoid Growing in Your Backyard

There are many different types of trees that you can grow in your backyard, however, not all of them are created equal. Some trees are much more difficult to care for than others and can even pose a danger to your home and property. To save you the trouble, take a look at these 10 trees to avoid growing in your backyard.

1. Red Oak

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Red oak is a beautiful tree that can reach up to 75 feet tall. However, it is also one of the most difficult trees to care for. It drops a lot of acorns and leaves, which can be a pain to clean up. The acorns can also dent your car if they fall from a high enough branch.

The red oak tree sheds a large volume of catkins and clusters of flowers bearing pollens. These catkins can trigger allergies. And if they collect in your car, they can cause damage to electrical components.

Additionally, the roots of this tree can grow quite large and damage your foundation or sidewalk. So, if you are not a fan of yard work, you might want to avoid growing red oak in your backyard.

2. Ginkgo Biloba

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Ginkgo biloba trees are popular for their beautiful leaves. They are usually a great choice for landscaping with beautiful fan-shaped leaves that turn yellow in the fall. However, it is best to avoid planting female Ginkgo trees in your backyard if you don’t want to deal with the mess.

Female Ginkgos have some of the messiest as well as the smelliest fruits. Some places considered it “trash tree” due to the horrible smell and mess it produces.

3. Sweetgum Trees

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The color of sweetgum leaves makes them a popular choice for landscaping. The sap of this tree is quite sweet and is where the name Sweetgum comes from. However, the same sap that gives this tree its name is also responsible for one of its biggest drawbacks— messy seed pods or “gumballs.”

These are round, woody, spiky balls that fall from the tree and can be a pain to clean up. Although they are not toxic, they do pose a threat to pets and kids running barefoot; you don’t want to step on them!

4. Silver Maple

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The silver maple tree is a popular choice because of the beautiful leaves and shade it provides. However, it has weak wood, which makes it a hazard during storms and strong winds. Silver maples have a reputation for dropping branches on cars, powerlines, and more.

Unlike the trunk and branches of this tree, the roots of the silver maple can be aggressive. The root system tends to destroy pipes and sidewalks because it seeks moisture and oxygen in the ground – if it can’t find anything there, the roots will breach the surface. This can be very costly to repair. So, if you want to save yourself some money and headache try to avoid the silver maple.

5. Bradford Pear

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The Bradford Pear is an ornamental tree that is commonly used for yard decor. It is attractive to look at, but it has a few drawbacks.

One is that this tree produces smelly flowers that are compared to rotten fish. This can be a problem when you are living in a  close-knit community, such as a neighborhood or an apartment complex. Additionally, the branches of this tree are quite fragile and can easily break during winter when ice and snow accumulate on them.

Finally, Bradford pear is considered an invasive weed in some areas. So, if you are looking for a low-maintenance tree to add to your landscaping, Bradford pear is not the best choice.

6. Lombardy Poplar

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The Lombardy Poplar tree can reach up to 60 feet tall. it is an excellent tree for providing privacy and windbreaks. However, the tree is susceptible to several pests, attracting everything from aphids to caterpillars and beetles.

It has shallow roots that can damage your foundation or sidewalk. Additionally, the Lombardy Poplar is short-lived and is at high risk for a number of diseases such as stem canker disease.

So, if you are looking for a privacy tree, you might want to consider another option that isn’t as high-maintenance.

7. Mimosa

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Mimosas are beautiful trees with delicate leaves and pretty flowers. However, they are short-lived and susceptible to pests and diseases. Mimosa wilt, also known as Fusarium wilt, is common when dealing with these trees. It’s a fungus that causes the leaves to wilt, turn yellow and drop. The bark can also split, leaking sap.

Additionally, the roots of mimosas can be invasive, making them a bad choice for planting near sidewalks or driveways. When it comes to seedlings, mimosas produce a great number, which can be overwhelming for new gardeners, or even experienced ones.

8. Eucalyptus

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Eucalyptus trees are commonly planted as shade trees or hedging plants. They are fast-growing and can reach up to 200 feet tall. They are mostly found in Australia and are very tolerant of drought conditions. However, they are also very messy.

They shed bark regularly, and their large branches are known to fall without warning. Additionally, Eucalyptus trees contain highly flammable oil. Because of this, many experts consider Eucalyptus a fire hazard. If you live in an area that is susceptible to wildfires, it is best to avoid planting Eucalyptus trees.

9. Mulberry

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Mulberry trees are great for providing shade. The delicious fruits have a sweet, juicy flavor that is popular with both people and animals. Now, you might be thinking, why should I avoid this tree?

These trees are messy and invasive because of their shallow, aggressive roots and thick canopy of leaves. Their roots damage sidewalks and landscaping fixtures, and the trees drop leaves, fruit, and pollen triggering allergies. Not to mention, smooshed berries are annoying to clean up.

The male variety emits pollen which can trigger allergies. Plants beneath Mulberry trees will have no chance of surviving because the thick canopy blocks essential sunlight. Due to all these reasons, it is advised that you avoid growing mulberry trees in your backyard.

10. Weeping Willow

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The weeping willow is a beautiful tree with long, drooping branches. However, it is also a water-hungry tree that will consume nutrients at a fast rate, leaving the rest of your plants to fend for themselves. Along with aggressive roots that can lead to cracked pavements and destroyed pipes, the weeping willow might not be your friend.

The wood of the weeping willow is feeble and gets weaker as it matures. This makes it prone to toppling over in high winds and severe weather conditions. This is why weeping willows are suggested for larger landscapes and not small gardens.


There you have it, 10 trees to avoid growing in your backyard. While they may be beautiful or provide shade, they come with a host of problems that you may not want to deal with. Do your research before planting any tree in your yard to make sure it is the best choice for you and your home.

Do you have experience with any of these trees? Share your thoughts in the comments below! And, don`t forget to share this article with your friends and family to help spread the word!