Some Trees May Not Be the Best Choice for Your Landscape

— Written By Bill Hanlin and last updated by JoAnne Gryder

This time of year is beautiful with all the flowering bulbs, shrubs, and trees. Bloomingbradford damage trees, like Bradford pears and weeping cherries, have probably inspired many homeowners to plant these trees in their yard this year. Although they may be pretty, some of these trees have problems that may not make them so desirable.

Bradford pears, in particular, have problems that can cause homeowners future headaches. Fire blight is a disease that will kill individual limbs and twigs on Bradfords. Another problem is that some people find the smell given off by the blooms to be unpleasant.

The biggest problem with Bradford pears is their tendency to break down as they get older. Bradford pears have a very upright growth habit with very narrow limb angles. These narrow angles are weak and limbs can easily break off in wind and ice storms. If you look at the Bradford pears in Wilkes County, you can see that many of them are missing large limbs.

Although weeping cherries do not have the problems that pears do, there is one problem in particular that homeowners may not like. Weeping cherries tend to drop their leaves around July. This means that for about half the summer cherries have little to no foliage.

Leyland cypresses are also popular trees in the area, mainly because they grow fast and form a nice screen. Leylands were also originally planted because they had very few pest problems. Over the years, a couple of diseases and bagworms have become a serious problem on Leyland cypress, so they need a little more attention these days.

Almost all trees have good and bad characteristics. Try to do a little research if you are planning on planting a tree in your yard. Make sure it is the right tree for your location and realize that the tree may have some traits that you may not like.