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Worst Trees To Have On Your Property

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Trees are said to be the lungs of nature. Planting trees in your backyard will help increase air quality, in addition to providing shade in the sun. However, various trees are just not suited to be in your backyard for multiple factors. The sole purpose of planting trees is oxygen, shade, and air quality, but there are other attributes to consider, such as the tree’s foundation, wood resistance to weathering, and more. 

Imagine planting a tree with a brittle bark, and the storm causes the bark to break and fall on your house. Here is a list of the worst trees to have in your backyard, weighing various attributes.      

  Ginkgo Biloba

 The Ginkgo Biloba tree is dioecious, and the female version of the tree is problematic. The Ginkgo Biloba tree hails from China and has various therapeutic and medicinal properties. The challenging attributes in a female Ginkgo Biloba tree are the fruits, height, and the robust root system that weakens the house’s foundation. 

The tree can grow as high as a 5-floor building (around 80 ft). In addition, when the fruits fall on the ground, it causes a huge mess, especially on the patio and the driveway, hindering the movement of vehicles and increasing maintenance. 


 While mulberries make a great addition while making cupcakes, or use it as a topping in ice creams, the tree can make quite a mess in your backyard. Additionally, the mulberry grows from seeds on the ground which increases weeding opportunities. Hence, it becomes difficult to maintain the tree and keep the weeds away from the patio and the driveway. Therefore, having a mulberry tree in your backyard is a blessing and a curse at the same time. 

Bradford Pear

   If you live in a region where frequent storms cause havoc, consider planting trees with solid and resistant trunks in your backyard. Therefore, if you live in such a region and consider planting the Bradford Pear tree in your backyard, you might have to change your decision. 

The Bradford Pear tree is quite popular in the US due to its appearance and shape. However, its pyramidal shape is vulnerable to the storm intensity as it can break off easily. Thus, during an intense storm, your house is subject to danger, and you might suffer from trauma as a possibility. Hence, the Bradford pear tree is the worst tree to plant in your backyard. 

The Mimosa & Cottonwood Tree

 The Cottonwood and mimosa tree has a fragile wood system, making it least capable of withstanding during stormy weather. In addition, the branches of these trees break easily. Furthermore, the mimosa tree germinates faster. Hence, its species spread rapidly in the backyard, making it a high-risk zone during stormy weather. Additionally, having a cottonwood tree in your backyard is aesthetically pleasing but is it worth the risk. It has a softer root system that can be easily damaged and cause a foul smell due to its ability to rot quickly. 


 Various other trees are not suitable to plant in your backyard. Therefore, one should do careful research to avoid certain trees and find the best trees in your backyard. After all, it is a matter of safety, health, and other attributes than falling prey to aesthetics and the delicious fruits of the trees.