Fall is the best time of the year to plant a tree, but look before you leap. Last Edit: Apr 28, 2018 20:05:22 GMT -5 by drlj His heart was like a battered guitar; worn and scuffed from a life spent out on the road, but still capable of bringing forth beautiful music. Thank you for the chuckles. The ones I see in NC are HUGE and have a waxier leaf. I love seeing them far away, in other people's yards! About the time that is done they literally rain the tiny yellow flowers so numerous that we have to sweep daily sometimes more than once to keep the concrete patio from feeling like you are walking on a cushion. I love this hub. inermis 'Suncole,' better known as "Sunburst" honey locust. This doesn't mean magnolias should be discounted. I have seen some reasonably young, supposedly supple pecans drop branches in just a light thunderstorm. The structure of an elm tree is like an umbrella with wide spreading limbs and some drooping branches. Chinese Elms were introduced as a response to this devastation and with fantastic results. If you want a truly no-maintenance tree, you'll have to go artificial! I also remember parking under an elm tree and getting sappy drips all over the car. If you'd rather cook than craft, you can also make your own acorn flour. The only truly no-maintenance trees are the ones made of plastic (and even those require a little dusting from time to time!). Joined Dec 15, 2007 Messages 1,502 Age 38 Location The shedding bark can also make a mess year-round, clogging drains and becoming a general nuisance in communities with a large patch of Chinese elm trees. Because the foliage of Ginkgo biloba resembles that of maidenhair fern, this beauty is sometimes commonly called "maidenhair tree." That only leaves you approximately 98,456 gum balls left for disposal. One lovely old pecan tree that I know all too well once produced over 100 pounds of shelled pecans one season. The elm is a deciduous tree with large 6 … . Here are six monsters you should never, ever plant in a residential neighborhood, lest you earn your neighbor's hatred and Grumpy's scorn. Gary Schmidt, board chairman of the Christian Science Church, said church members and others had noticed the top of the tree dying a few weeks ago. They constantly shed their needles in the pool and would clog the filter. We don’t hate tress just use some smarts before purchasing and planting. It is a totally failure. Some oak trees can dwell unobtrusively in your yard, dropping only their leaves and a few twigs now and then. Second one very Large Oak during Ice storm 2009 broke limbs... one when thru patio swing top, one thru husbands truck window, one when thru roof of house. It is a wilt disease with an extremely high fatality rate among elms. If the outer shells have already fallen off, then you will have a million of these too. There are over 30 species of elms, but there are only eight in North America. It is likely that your elm is infested with elm leaf beetles. My recommendation, however, would be to plant them a safe distance from your yard. Literlly tons of these balls are dropped every year from November to April where they clog up the drain sewers and clog up the waterways. Some oak trees are sturdier than others. Aphids are tiny insects that insert their straw-like mouthparts into the tree to drink the sap. Elm Tree Painting & Decorating services are a friendly run business covering Bristol and surrounding areas. Relentlessly. It sounds refined, doesn't it? I moved into my Oakland, CA home 10 years ago, and the main trees in the yard were a lemon tree (no special cultivar), several plum trees, and several loquats, I advise, NEVER plant ANY of these trees anywhere you might want to go near. Sweet gum balls can be a major yard hazard, and they're not easy to clean up. Of course the answer to the first problem is to get a woodburning stove, and to the second - a pig! A surprising number of trees routinely planted as landscape specimens have qualities that are unpleasant, at best. Dutch elm disease (or DED) is caused by a fungus. If they did then it would certainly take care of a lot of acorn and pecan problems. Don't forget that pecan wood smells heavenly in a fireplace, and when used in a smoker gives meat a savory flavor. So as much as I love them, the mess is neverending. heh, you didn't even mention walnut, that's another nasty one... my parents neighborhood is full of Catalpa, Mulberry, maples, walnut, etc.... they ALL make a mess.. what the mulberries lack in direct mess they make up for in bird droppings. Now 1 month in but I been taking my time. It will seem as though every leaf on the tree counted to three and then let go, all at once. I actually read an article defending those trees, saying that sweet gum balls were soft and pretty. The pitch is incredibly sticky and can stain car surfaces and clothing in a way that is quite hard (sometimes impossible) to remove. I just tolerated his comments because I wasn't going to de-plant them, haha. I received two slips from friend. Chinese elm is a tough tree, tolerant of urban air and soils, and resistant to Dutch elm disease. Adult elm leaf beetles and worm-like beetle larvae feed on elm leaves which cause leaves to turn brown and prematurely fall from the tree in mid to late summer. Cost to us to trim up beautiful old tall oak to save. A nightmare tree not mentioned was cork screw willow. Barbara Radisavljevic from Templeton, CA on October 15, 2012: Wow! This pollen/sap mixture can actually be sticky enough to rip apart a windshield wiper blade if you accidentally turn on the wipers before scraping the glass! And the lemon--a tree from hell, with 3" thorns everywhere and hundreds of pounds of lemons that fall like bombs and break any plants beneath them. They also deposit an absolutely incredible tonnage of leaves, and not just a few at a time. At the bottom of the page, you will find a list of more messy trees to avoid, as well as a list of comparatively low-maintenance trees. Red oaks, sometimes called northern red oaks, are messy on multiple counts. I think they'd start growing in humid air. Large specimens can shed a massive volume of catkins composed of tiny, staminate flowers. By the way, you can remove this pitch from your skin by rubbing it with mayonnaise on your hands to remove it (the vinegar in this product acts as a solvent). These trees are beautiful to own, but they do require a lot of love and care. I can see why! As its name implies, the disease only affects elm trees, so if you see a tree with the symptoms of Dutch elm disease, you can safely conclude it is an elm. For the comment and the link! Jayme, I so agree with your information. They are a weed tree, grow faster than fast, almost impossible to get rid of, and when it is done dropping its golden balls in the spring it starts dropping large seed pods (12"+ x 3/4") and then the seeds just pour out of those and they seem to be the most fertile seed ever. I am not sorry for having it chopped down - I am sure I am one of the few that don't like this classic Southern tree. Really, I bought the property for the beautiful, gigantic, mature trees, which include 1 catalpa, 1 pecan, 1 mimosa, and 3 texas umbrellas. The tree is a Camperdown elm. For small yards, you will be much happier with the dwarf Japanese white pine. They were old and dignified and planted right against the house. The seed capsules of this tree (which is also known as bougainvillea goldenrain tree) travel widely and sprout everywhere—and we mean everywhere. Learn tips for creating your most beautiful (and bountiful) garden ever. I got 7 Cords of Elm. Up, useful and interesting votes. Everybody knows about the large leaves and acorns they drop in autumn. Their small leaves give honey locusts the potential to be relatively clean trees. I was amazed to hear that oaks are the most likely to be struck by lightning. A Tree of Heaven is an invasive weed tree that grows really quickly. Fortunately, birds and wildlife, such … Then once the first frost hits....about a third of the needles turn yellow and drop everywhere, covering the ground. This tree can be quite beautiful for the multitude of white flowers it produces in spring, and the gorgeous fall foliage it achieves in fall. You could also try planting a Little Gem Magnolia, also known as the dwarf Southern magnolia. It makes a distinct sound when the wind blows through the leaves and it produces large, white flowers that fill the air with sweet perfume. Great hub. Whereas the wood, flowers, and leaves would all burn easily (the leaves sound like fire-crackers, by the way, if anyone would like to try) the cones would not burn. The reasons for regret when it comes to selecting a tree can be varied, but the main reasons cited when afterthoughts occur are: Think hard about these nine landscape trees before planting them on your property. But I have a small yard. Then a fine rain of refuse through the summer. The elm tree’s large, broad canopy and interweaved drooping branches grace the streets of many towns and landscapes. Magnolia leaves may be gorgeous, but they're a pain in the butt to clean up. A good alternative tree that has roughly the same shape and shade-producing habit is the linden tree or one of several maples. but you won't have much time to go fishing if you have one or two of these trees. Try looking up a Flamboyant tree. If you want to keep any nice enough to eat, you will have to string bird-netting under and make a hobby of it, but who can eat hundreds of plums, anyway? American Elm must be at least 15-years-old before it will bear seed. My husband said Thanks, then cut it down himself. While you are busy raking leaves and twigs and large chunks of bark, you will also find the seed pods. Jayme Kinsey (author) from Oklahoma on June 15, 2014: @moofish. Another commonly found plant with rounded seed pods is the American sycamore (Platanus occidentalis), also called the "western planetree." Jayme Kinsey (author) from Oklahoma on October 30, 2012: @Lipnancy--Thanks for stopping by.. I rated it up and am sharing. 8 total hours splitting. I swear it dropped leaves 365 days a year and the leaves were a great pain to rake up. And that do not draw lightning! Its large leaves add to the litter. There are two main kinds of tree: deciduous and evergreen. They don't just shed twigs, either. The small stature lends itself well to smaller properties, under power lines and as a street tree. Our Services. These Trees drop MILLIONS of them good for nothing balls. Older trees, which produce more bountiful crops, are very brittle, especially in a dry season. Others, however, produce acorns, which are very fascinating, but difficult to rake up. 46 reviews of Tree People "We are extremely happy with the work James did with our large Elm tree. They called in Buena Vista Arbor Care, who sent someone to take samples and … Then I started to change the landscaping in that area and I realized what I was getting myself into. Make that worms. I had to remove it with equipment. Our local park and city landscaping along some of our streets are full of sweet gum trees, and I was contemplating getting one because of their beautiful fall colors. Is there a way to stop Crepe Myrtles from blooming and making a huge mess on my patio? Lacebark or Chinese elms offer unusual mottled bark, small leaves, and good resistance to both Dutch elm disease and elm leaf beetle. The sweet gum balls can also be turned into interesting craft projects—a far more common use for the tree's dried seed pods. It will still create the same mess as its larger relative, but on a much smaller scale. Interesting information here! When you buy that new home in April, you might not realize that those majestic trees that won your heart at the showing may eventually make you despise your yard. If you have one of the non-sterile varieties, it will shed not only its leaves, but also thousands of "gum balls". These little black seeds then start to grow their own crop of trees everywhere they come to rest soil or not. The owner declared that it took the entire family two weeks every year to pick up only the majority of balls. Cost was plenty ER, Doctors, pain... My neighbor told my husband he should have sprayed that sweet gum tree to stop it from seeding and making balls. If I had a large yard, it would be something different. Tree sap can do extensive damage to the paint on your house and car. PCA offers six online courses - all expert-developed and designed to help coaches, parents, athletes and officials ensure that winning happens both on and off the field in youth sports. Unlike pine cones, magnolia cones are not brittle. But what if you really want to grow a pine? What a mess! But pecans don't fall off the tree looking like the un-shelled versions you buy at the store for the holidays. I mean.. when I bought the house I though, that's a cool maple. japonica 'Morton') is another Dutch elm disease-resistant deciduous elm that is noted for its vigorous growth, dark green foliage and good yellow fall color. And they are home to the catalpa worm. @Denise-I didn't know there were more Magnolias either until I started looking for a picture of one for this hub. You have given the lazy and not so lazy gardeners something to consider when planting trees. We are new to Idaho and love it, but we have a tree that is creating mess in front yard. The sweet gum tree is often planted as an ornamental tree. Help! Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 13, 2012: Love this and your sense of humor! ELM SEED BUG TREATMENTS FOR INSIDE THE HOME ^ Once in the home, elm seed bugs will be leaving their scent all over and making a mess. Had a wooden privacy screen put in at edge of patio. Like you indicated, it is just about a daily job to keep the ground cleared out from underneath that type of tree. EVER. I asked someone for enough to make a tree. Last edited: Dec 1, 2009. Nor are the fallen leaves pretty enough that you'll be tempted to let them lie where they fall to contribute autumn color to your yard: By the time catalpa leaves fall, they will likely have been blackened by the frost, transforming what had hitherto been respectable foliage into something hideous. They almost look too perfect, like drawings where each leaf is painstakingly reproduced. And those sweet, white flowers? No. In addition to the twigs and branches, they shed their leaves. My community has sweet gum trees planted in front of every house. They offer us shade and sometimes fruit in the summer and windbreaks in the winter. 3 more to go. That is why you will often see this particular type planted in parks and along roadsides: namely, Gleditsia triacanthos var. Bottom line: Don't plant fruit trees unless you are a fruit farmer!!!! If only I had enough disposable income to hire a full-time arborist /groundskeeper. What makes Bradford pear one of the worst trees to grow in your yard is not the mess that it creates but, rather, its weak branches. We have a Silver Maple and a Catalpa in our yard, I would rather have the Catalpa any day. In someone else's yard. Cottonwood (Populus deltoides) and mulberry (Morus spp.) We actually began growing Triumph Elm by accident, having received the tree in a shipment of the highly favored Accolade Elm, Ulmus japonica x wilsoniana ‘Morton’, that we had ordered. NOTE: Pecan trees are also inviting to web worms, and you will often find worms and other bugs under the dense carpet of leaves, inside the husks, and burrowed into the pecans. In fall or after a drought, one or two trees can completely bury a yard in gigantic brown leaves. The third was a sweet gum in front yard by drive way, well after I stepped on one of the darn hard balls and turned my ankle going to my car. But it is only the males that you have to worry about because it is the male of the species that produces pollen. You might, however, mind the yellow coating of adhesive sap that just coated your car. I will definitely use this if I ever move, but I have to add the Cottonwood to your list. If you think you worked hard getting the yard cleaned up, wait until you try removing sweet gum sap from a carpet. (There is another variety of loquat, the Bronze Loquat, however, which is beautiful and apparently without the useless fruit.) You can't rake it or blow it and it clogs the lawnmower when you try to mow the lawn. Love the information about messy trees! Some people are so fond of the shape and appearance of oaks that they are willing to tolerate the messiness. But their orchid-like flowers are lovely. Beautiful tree (my shrubs are 20 feet tall or more) but they drop SOMETHING year round. Jacaranda, the perfect beautiful tree for someone else's yard! They are like baseballs, easily capable of taking out a window or knocking a person unconscious. Yes it has beautiful pink flowers in spring and red berries for winter interest but what a mess and a lot of work to remove seedlings and saplings that sprout up through out the spring and summer. Fossilized remains of Magnolias have been found dating back 68 million years, And of course, don't forget those lightning-safe beeches (genus. I've been told that now the only kind of Cottonwood you can buy is "cottonless" but, boy, the older trees are horrible. I've never had the pleasure of being around walnuts, but I can definitely agree about the mulberries! The large trees with the enormous blossoms and leaves. Haha. I would never, ever, again buy a home where one of these trees is within a MILE. Denise Handlon from North Carolina on October 15, 2012: Hi Sharkye11-I just added your hub to my Tree hub. Problem : This is a Dutch Elm Disease resistant tree, drought tolerant, and resistant to Elm Yellows and the Elm Leaf Beetle. Dutch elm disease (DED) is the most devastating shade tree disease in North America. I imagine they would be a lot cleaner. This family of shrubs and trees is infamous for having vigorous root systems that seek out water. Note: Like sweet gum balls, acorns (and pecans too) can be used in a variety of craft projects. Yet strangely difficult to pick off. They are a delicious nut! Elm saplings are also one of deer’s … The acorns are not such a problem for us - I think they are mostly eaten by mice. They where removed and the maintenance on the pool became much easier. As an arborist, he understands what is best for the tree and also took into consideration all of our concerns with the branches right over our roof. The bark is rough with deep grooves. Oh...and the raking job that lies ahead. My home owners experience has been a hard lesson with trees. If none of this bothers you, then you will gather your nuts with joy and think of pecan pies . . We used to live in a house with a small front yard that had not one, but two sweet gum trees in front. It was easier to poke them with a sharp stick. I did not realize until I lived in NC that there are actually two types of magnolia trees. . Research the best alternatives to grow over septic systems, such as: White ash makes the list of the worst trees to grow in your yard if you are an allergy sufferer. I do know we never had to gather kindling wood for the winter because it was always available just outside the door. Thanks for sharing! They are encased in two shells! What's worse, these sweet gum balls (again, not to be confused with sweet gumballs!) Magnolias are my personal least favorite. Elm trees have oval-shaped leaves with saw-toothed edges and are pointy at the end. A landscape standout, the lacebark elm has distinctive bark, which is mottled and often creates colorful patterns in its trunk. Even if they taste good (some of mine are great), it's not worth the trouble. Not that really bad weather is needed . They also shed twigs and bark, and in the spring, those pretty white flowers explode across the lawn, making it look as though a Styrofoam bead factory exploded on your grass. Jayme Kinsey (author) from Oklahoma on October 15, 2012: Thank you, Les Trois Chenes for the great comment. If you hate extra lawn care as much as I do, then here are five specimens you may want to avoid. As a Southerner, it is very difficult to insult this beautiful and traditional tree. Jayme is a writer and artist from Oklahoma who has survived 9 consecutive years of gardening wins and fails. When my husband and I lived in that home he did nothing but complain of the petals and leaves. They also produce fluffy white flowers and long, skinny seed pods. I've got 3 crape myrtles and they don't drop much and are gorgeous. Because lurking under that innocent carpet lay the dreaded magnolia cones. Just step outside, and there will be all the pecans you can eat right for the taking! I don't personally know of anyone who plants them intentionally, especially near houses, but that doesn't mean you are safe from their presence. However the large oak across the street from our Paso Robles house is dropping acorns on the sidewalk like crazy. The thing had broken into every irrigation, drainage system it could. Elm trees are commonly afflicted with Dutch elm disease. It was an absolute monster to remove compared to any normal tree I've removed. Two huge garbage bags full! You won't mind the damage to your roof from a fallen branch, or the garage full of leaves. Or, messiness can take the form of falling flowers, shedding bark, dropped fruit that rots on the ground, and more. I grew up with large silver maples and while in spring they do have their 'wing' drop it's not much and the next lawn mowing gets rid of them. That promising little sapling you planted in the middle of your yard all those years ago may grow into a rebellious teenager, then a grumpy old tree you'd rather not be around at all. Using the common name, "maidenhair trees" will help you remember an important fact: It is specifically the female that is messy. They are hard, brown, spiky balls that can create some serious hazards. Plums--squishy, rotting fruit through July and August, squashed all over your walkways and patio. A single tree can be covered in thousands of these grotesque little creatures (which are actually caterpillars), earning the catalpa the nickname of "fish bait" tree. I fell for the gumball trick once. We have several large full size pines surrounding our pool. But there is a problem with many types: The flattened seed pods are a bother to rake up. Almost everyone loves a beautiful tree. Then it starts dropping the little branches that the seed pods and flowers were on. In the spring, they might produce lovely flowers, and in the autumn, some brilliantly colored leaves. According to The Grumpy Gardener, who has deemed this tree the ‘ Worst Tree I Ever Planted ,’ “During fall and winter, the papery capsules blow everywhere, bringing the seeds in contact with soil. Maybe the developer thought this was a great idea. Feel free to grow the females, which are not allergenic. Sample Script For ELM Tree Of Mastery; Sample Script For ELM Tree Of Mastery. I could not stand the thing. There are varying degrees of messiness. I live in Limousin, S W France now, and the whole area is covered in oak and sweet chestnut woodlands. I split 4 already. It was an extremely technical and complicated job between our house and our neighbors house. Then during another storm that dad gum Oak tree thanked us by getting hit by lightning. To control active populations, use FS MP AEROSOL. Who doesn't like pecans? Magnolia leaves are crisp and waxy even when green, which made raking them very difficult. . No wonder they're the worst in the messy tree department. If you do decide to take the plunge and replace those messy trees with lower-maintenance trees, you may have to wait a while before your landscape looks complete. American sweetgum is so called because of the seed pods or "gumballs" that it drops, which make it quite messy. These seed pods are round, hard, and spiky, as are those dropped by another high-maintenance plant, the horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum). Tree Huggers should read, then come rake my large yard ! Even if they aren't close, they are tall enough to reach quite a distance if the split, shatter, or fall. But the messiness of red oak is not just an autumn phenomenon—they are also messy in spring. This was the funniest and most informative article i have read in aome time. The stately elm tree is a beloved American treasure. I agree, I would never have the heart to cut down a Magnolia, but I wouldn't plant one close to the house either. Aggressive rooting bottomland species (i.e., willow, honeylocust, silver maple, and elm) are more likely to cause subsidence than slow growing upland species (i.e., oak and sugar maple). What a mistake. Gum balls may sound appetizing, but in reality, they are neither sweet nor edible. One strong selling point is that lacebark elm has proven to be more resistant to Dutch elm disease, a deadly disease that often befalls other types of elm trees. This active is fast working and highly irritating to elm seed bugs. When I was younger, we moved to a farm with five of these elegant belles. Fallen limbs from the oak tree. Particularly when planting near roads, buildings or parked cars. They are enjoyable, ornamental trees. I can testify to the oak shedding twigs and small branches. If you have large, well-established trees, you may tolerate the cons because you are reticent to sacrifice the tree's shade for the time it takes a newer model to grow to adulthood. Denise Handlon from North Carolina on October 14, 2012: I had no idea that the oak was so frequently struck by lightening. Constant battle. Like the catalpa tree, the pecan tree sheds just about everything. LIke a window, perhaps. . or they can be a nightmare. It had only a 6 inch stump so I thought it would be respectibly easy to remove. and the above-mentioned slips and falls. If you must have them (but want a cleaner specimen), turn to a cultivar of the southern catalpa: Catalpa bignonioides 'Nana.' It can also stain driveways, patios, landscaping, and outdoor furniture. Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on October 13, 2012: Our home is surrounded by large oak trees and whether it is due to last years severe drought in Houston or not...they are dropping acorns this year like never before. 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