Here are 15 trees you DON’T want to plant in the home landscape.
1. Callery Pear
Callery pear (Pyrus calleryana) has beautiful white flowers in spring and burgundy foliage in fall. Problem is, the branching structure is inherently weak, causing all sorts of storm damage in areas with wind, snow or ice.
Also, callery pear and its most common cultivar ‘Bradford’ are considered invasive trees in many places.
The solution to most so-called pest plants is maintenance to prevent them from growing out of control. Here’s 7 other plants and trees it’s best to avoid.
2. Siberian Elm
Siberian elm (Ulmus pumila) is a fast-growing, aggressive tree that tolerates all kinds of difficult growing conditions.
But it’s messy, seeds itself all over the place, and frankly isn’t the most attractive tree.
Siberian elm is also weak-wooded and prone to storm and ice damage.
It also needs a lot of pruning if you are to keep it under control.
3. Tree of Heaven
Tree of heaven (Ailanthus altissima) is the famous “tree that grows in Brooklyn”.
It is an imported pest that is dirty, messy, invasive and just not suited to home landscapes.
It seeds itself all around and, worse, it gives off a chemical to kill competing vegetation, making it difficult to landscape around.
If you are planting for privacy, there are much better alternatives.