Don’t get us wrong, trees are great, we love them. But there are some trees that, for one reason or another, you just don’t need to plant. Some attract invasive critters and others are invasive themselves, let’s take a look at the 5 types of trees you should never plant in New Hampshire.
The Ash Tree
These trees were once the most popular urban tree in the United States and have been used for centuries to make furniture because of their sturdy wood. But recently the emerald ash borer, an invasive pest, has devastated their numbers. The emerald ash borer can leave a beautiful tree looking terrible, and you with a big bill for safe tree removal.
Black Walnut Tree
These glorious trees are one of North America’s most valuable trees. They are huge and supply a bountiful amount of tasty walnuts, but they are also dangerous. The roots of the black walnut tree secrete a toxin called juglone that can kill any surrounding vegetation. If you plan to do any gardening, it’s best to avoid this tree.
The Princess Tree
This tree sounds friendly, but it is actually invasive! Originally from western China, this tree landed on the shores of North America in the 1800s and has been causing trouble with the native vegetation ever since.
We are all familiar with the stoic willow tree. Its elegance and grandiosity are breathtaking, but beware, this tree can drain farmlands, swamps, and streams with its large root system. Willow trees need more water than you are probably willing to give and may compete with (or in some cases, overtake) your home irrigation or even your plumbing to try to shake you down for more water.
The Bradford Pear
Although the Bradford pear gives off beautiful flowers each year, it is structurally weak. Being aesthetically pleasing isn’t worth the investment, these trees will break in half under a rainstorm or heavy winds. Additionally, the Bradford Pear drops annoying “berries”, which can be toxic to pets if ingested in large numbers.
We hope this information will help guide you in choosing the next tree to plant. Contact us today for any tree questions that arise!