5 Trees to Stay Away From – Never plant these in your backyard!

5 Trees to Stay Away From – Never plant these in your backyard!

5 Trees to Stay Away From: Never Plant These in Your Backyard!

I have seen many trees planted in small backyards that should have never been planted in the first place. While trees are great for the environment and can add beauty to your outdoor space, some trees are just not suitable for small backyards. In this article, I will discuss five trees that you should stay away from and never plant in your small backyard.

White Ash (Fraxinus americana)

White ash is a tall, fast-growing deciduous tree that can reach heights of up to 100 feet (30 meters) and can spread up to 80 feet (24 meters) wide. This tree is not suitable for small backyards as it requires a lot of space and can be difficult to maintain. White ash is also susceptible to a disease called Emerald Ash Borer, which can kill the tree within a few years.

Weeping Willow (Salix babylonica)

Weeping willows are popular for their graceful, drooping branches that sweep the ground. However, this tree is not recommended for small backyards due to its aggressive root system. The roots can grow up to three times the height of the tree and can damage foundations, sidewalks, and other structures. Weeping willows also require a lot of water and can be susceptible to diseases like willow scab.

Norway Maple (Acer platanoides)

Norway maple is a popular shade tree that is known for its large, dense foliage. However, this tree is not recommended for small backyards due to its large size and shallow root system. The roots of the Norway maple can grow close to the surface and can damage lawns and other structures. This tree is also known to produce an abundant amount of seeds that can be difficult to clean up.

Sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua)

Sweetgum is a deciduous tree that is known for its beautiful fall foliage. However, this tree is not recommended for small backyards due to its large size and the spiky seed pods it produces. The seed pods can be painful to walk on and can also be difficult to clean up. Sweetgum is also susceptible to pests and diseases, which can weaken the tree over time.

Eastern Cottonwood (Populus deltoides)

Eastern cottonwood is a fast-growing tree that can reach heights of up to 100 feet (30 meters). This tree is not recommended for small backyards as it requires a lot of space and can be difficult to maintain. Eastern cottonwood is also susceptible to pests and diseases, which can weaken the tree over time. This tree also produces a lot of cotton-like seeds, which can be messy and difficult to clean up.

Interesting Facts about These Trees:
  1. White ash wood is used to make baseball bats, hockey sticks, and other sports equipment.
  2. Weeping willows have been used in traditional medicine to treat fevers, headaches, and inflammation.
  3. Norway maple leaves can turn a beautiful red color in the fall.
  4. Sweetgum resin has been used in the production of chewing gum.
  5. Eastern cottonwood is used in the production of paper and plywood.
Links for Further Reading:
  1. How to Choose the Right Tree for Your Yard: https://www.arborday.org/trees/righttreeandplace/
  2. Common Tree Diseases: https://www.arborday.org/trees/common-tree-diseases/
  3. How to Plant a Tree: https://www.arborday.org/trees/planting/
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