Trees You Should Not Grow in Your Garden II

Trees and Shrubs
Bradford Pear

Here are some additional problems you may encounter with your garden trees. Keep in mind that some trees are very fragile and wear so they can break in the wind. This can pose a danger to your house and other structures nearby. It is important to know which trees to avoid if you want to prevent this problem from happening.

Fragile Trees

There are some trees that look beautiful and can easily be grown in any garden but they have a problem of being too fragile. Perhaps they have soft roots that make these trees rot easily. Or their branches are easy to break in the wind. These things can cause a lot of trouble so you should avoid frail trees in your garden.

Here are some trees known for their fragility:

Bradford Pear

Bradford pear tree is exotic, beautiful and can sure improve the look of your garden. However, there are some reasons why growing a Bradford pear tree might not be the best idea.

These trees were imported to the U.S. about a century ago and quickly become very popular. A good thing about this tree is that it doesn't require much maintenance. Also, it can live for a long time. This tree was particularly popular in the 1960s, particularly in the urban settings.

All of these things may make you want to grow a Bradford pear tree in your garden. However, you should think twice before planting this tree. The main problem with Bradford pear tree is that it has a very pronounce pyramidal shape that makes the tree fragile.

The tree can get very fragile, particularly during strong winds. The branches easily break during storms. This makes it difficult to keep your Bradford pear tree strong and healthy. It is a similar problem like the one with cottonwood. Keep in mind that pruning doesn't really solve the problem so Bradford pear trees tend to remain fragile.

Another issue with Bradford pear tree is that it produces white flowers that have a strong odor. This is not something that you want in your garden.


Cottonwood is a beautiful tree but you should avoid to plant it in your garden. Many people prefer cottonwood because it looks very effective and doesn't require much care. However, this tree can bring a lot of trouble. It has shallow and very soft root system. It means that the tree is prone to rotting. This makes it difficult to care for it properly. Any heavier weather such as a storm can easily destroy the tree.

Another problem with cottonwood is that it is very prone to damage done by pests. Insects can easily damage it. The tree is also prone to various diseases. Pests and diseases make cottonwood even more susceptible to elements. As a result, cottonwood is not easy to maintain over longer periods of time.

Keep in mind that growing a cottonwood in your garden can also be dangerous. These trees can fall on your house or a garage after a storm, causing a lot of trouble. As a result, growing cottonwood can be very frustrating or even dangerous so it's not recommended to have this tree in your garden.

Silver Maple

Silver Maple is a gorgeous tree that many people want to grow in their backyards. This tree can offer a great shade and it grows quickly without becoming overwhelming. Silver Maple can be pruned and trimmed easily so it is not difficult to keep it in shape.

The problem with Silver Maple is that it is weak and fragile. It does have a strong root system but its branches break easily. The roots may also become additional problem because they can grow in a wide area and take over your garden.

Mimosa Tree

Mimosa tree is extremely fragile and its branches can break easily. Just like some other trees on this list, this fact makes Mimosa trees difficult to maintain in your garden.

Another problem with the Mimosa tree is that it is prone to webworm infection. This can make the tree even more fragile than usual. Keep in mind that this a very soft plant that has branches prone to breakage. All these things combined make the Mimosa tree a bad candidate for a garden plant.

Yet another problem with this tree is that it has large seeds that germinate quickly so you can get new mimosa tree plants in your garden without even wanting them. This is why you need to be extremely careful with a mimosa tree.

Empress Tree

Empress Tree, also known as the Royal Empress Tree is native to China. This beautiful tree is known for its fragrant flowers. Another good thing about the Empress tree is that it grows up to 30 feet in height, so it never gets too huge.

However, keep in mind that this is a fragile tree. Despite its relatively small size, it can break easily. This is a particular problem after storm. This is why you should think twice before planting this tree in your garden, especially if you live in an area with common storms.

Leyland Cypress

Layland Cypress grows fast and doesn't require much care. This may sound like a good choice for those who don't want to spend a lot of time taking care of their garden trees.

However, one huge problem with a Leyland Cypress is that it can get easily uprooted during storms and winds. This happens even to the adult and well established trees. This makes these trees dangerous to grow near houses.

Photo credit: Janice Waltzer

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