Landscaping is certainly a critical component of your home’s exterior decor, but with so many different plant and tree species out there to choose from, selecting just a few can seem like a daunting task. One way to start narrowing down your focus is to eliminate species that aren’t necessarily healthy or safe for your property. Mature trees can add elegance, privacy, and shade to your home, but certain types can actually do a lot more harm than good.

When choosing which types of trees to introduce into your yard, make sure the following are not part of your selections.


Nice to look at, but cottonwood trees are too weak to withstand any type of inclement weather system. Even gentle windstorms can be cause for concern for these types of trees. Not only that, cottonwood trees come with invasive root systems that can intrude in underground pipes, irrigation systems, and even foundation walls. In addition, the massive amount of shedding that these trees can give off make them a complete nuisance. In fact, they’re banned in certain communities because of such shedding, which can lead to clogged filters and downspouts, not to mention the unsightly mess they leave behind.

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Weeping Willow

They may be reminiscent of a tranquil pasture, but weeping willow trees often require a lot more maintenance than many homeowners care to dedicate their time to. Their brittle branches can easily break off, not only causing an eye sore, but also creating a potentially dangerous scene. Not only that, the root system craves water, which means anything around the tree that needs water as well will be sucked dry. This is not an ideal scenario in drought-heavy places like Southern California where water is already a scarce resource.


There are fast-growing trees and plants, and then there’s bamboo. Easily one of the quickest-growing, most invasive plants in the world, bamboo can give you a lot more than you bargained for if you plant it in your yard. Once it starts flourishing, it’s nearly impossible to control or even get rid of. If you want to create an exotic, tropical-like setting in your yard, bamboo is not necessarily the species to plant. If you’ve got your heart set on it, consider using them in containers rather than directly planting them in your yard.

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Black Walnut

The black walnut tree is wonderful for providing shade to the scorching sun that a typical California day experiences. They also produce fruit, which will need to be plucked on a regular basis or you’ll be left with a huge mess to clean up. The real downside to the black walnut is the fact that it secretes toxins that inhibit growth and even destroy nearby plants, which can be a real issue for your prized vegetable garden and flower beds.

Before you choose which trees to plant in your yard, make sure that they require little maintenance, are native to the South, and won’t wreak havoc on neighboring plant and tree species.

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