Timber! 6 Tree Species That Can Wreak Havoc On Nearby Buildings


A single tree can breathe life into a small outdoor space. And in the right place, a tree can remain healthy and vigorous for many decades to come. But while some tree species are ideal for yards and gardens with nearby houses and structures, others can be destructive. Over time, the following trees can damage nearby buildings, and eventually, tree removal may become a necessity.

1. Eucalyptus

Mature eucalyptus trees have huge root systems that can stretch much further than their canopies. These invasive root systems can damage walls, fences, pavements, and foundations. But more than that, eucalyptus trees can be dangerous too because these trees are known for dropping branches without warning. If you have a large eucalyptus tree near your property, consider removing it.

2. Silver maple

Homeowners like silver maples because they are fast-growing. This is useful when you need fast shade. Unfortunately, because they grow so fast, silver maples usually have weak structures and branches that can break easily in strong winds. If you live on the coast, a silver maple is not a good choice for your yard because it won't be able to withstand coastal storms.

3. Bradford pear

Bradford pears produce beautiful white flowers each spring. But, like silver maples, Bradford pears are structurally weak. Their branches can break easily, and those breakages can leave them prone to pests and disease. If you have Bradford pears on your property, they may attract unwanted pests like termites or carpenter ants, so consider removing them to protect your property.

4. White Poplar

White poplars used to be popular ornamental trees. Then homeowners learned just how destructive the root systems could be. The root systems of a white poplar will wreck your yard paving, invade your pipes and damaging your home's foundation if it is in close proximity.  

5. Mimosa

Mimosas produce beautiful pink flowers, but they can put your home at risk in a number of ways. Mimosas are prone to disease and pests, partly because they have weak structures. Invasive pests could then spread to your home and cause structural damage. The root systems of mimosas are also invasive and can invade water pipes and damage fences and pavements.

6. Mulberry

Mulberry trees don't belong in yards or gardens near structures. Not only do mulberry trees attract hordes of birds, but also their roots are highly invasive and their fruit can drop and stain your driveway, patio, and roof. If you have a mulberry tree near your property, tree removal may save you a lot of money and stress.

Do you have a tree in your yard that might be more trouble than it is worth? Then consider hiring a tree removal service to remove it before it damages your home.


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A Tree For Every Yard

Elm, ash, walnut, maple, apple — these are all gorgeous trees, but they all have their own preferences in terms of care. Maple trees, for example, need to be pruned later in the season once their sap has begun flowing. Elm trees should be pruned in winter when insects aren't around in order to protect them from the emerald ash borer. A good tree care company will treat each of your trees as individuals, customizing care to their own specific needs. Still, it's important that you, as the tree owner, understand those needs, too. Read the articles on your website, and you'll soon have a pretty good grasps on the basics of tree care.