They’re no fun on bare feet and can become projectiles in the lawn mower. Golden Rain Trees - horrible mess all year long. Then a fine rain of refuse through the summer. When I was younger, we moved to a farm with five of these elegant belles. There is no truly trashless tree. The gum balls were the top reason folks didn’t want to buy a sweetgum. If you want something fast for some shade Taxodium (bald cypress, pond cypress, montezuma cypress) are good for Texas. Tall old growth tulip trees in North Carolina (by Kai Hagen). Dedicated to Enhancing the Social, Economic, & Environmental Vitality of Our Community. To her, it smacks of disorder and chaos and the loss of con-trol. Ouch! Jayme is a writer and artist from Oklahoma who has survived 9 consecutive years of gardening wins and fails. Tulip poplar, Liriodendron tulipifera, with its unique cat head leaf. For years we had very large, old oaks that rarely lost a twig during high winds. My recommendation, however, would be to plant them a safe distance from your yard. Tree Droppings I spent an hour cleaning gutters and sweeping tree droppings off our roof this morning, scowling up at the offending tree. What are the common problems of each of these trees? The worms make excellent bait . Finally the last insult....pine cones all winter. I've never seen a sugar maple doing well in Texas. With enough space, these trees will grow large lateral branches and provide valuable energy savings. 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. They were old and dignified and planted right against the house. The catalpa tree, (also known as a catawba tree) is a fairly common tree, so much so, in fact, that it is often considered a "weed" in certain areas. Then during another storm that dad gum Oak tree thanked us by getting hit by lightning. Whether this is due to their height, or the fact that there are more species of oaks in some places than other trees, it is still something to take into consideration if you have an oak planted too close to your house. Like the Bradford pear tree, the Lombardy poplar tends to have a relatively short lifespan. These leaves are small, and will easily clog gutters. Red Maple leaf on rotting stump (by Kai Hagen). The seeds and fruit from this tree are one and the same, commonly known as gum balls (and not the nice kind). 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. (There is another variety of loquat, the Bronze Loquat, however, which is beautiful and apparently without the useless fruit.) The Lombardy poplar is another messy tree that can cause you a host of problems. 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. Magnolia leaves may be gorgeous, but they're a pain in the butt to clean up. and recommend that you don't either, unless you are a glutton for punishment... and these trees WILL punish you. The sweet gum balls can also be turned into interesting craft projects—a far more common use for the tree's dried seed pods. Watch out for them when you are digging for pecans; these shells can have sharp points that will puncture a tennis shoe sole. I suppose in some places the cones are seasonal, but in southeast Oklahoma, they fell all year. So very insightful and informative. Then small pods that look like fly larvae. Older trees, which produce more bountiful crops, are very brittle, especially in a dry season. Almost everyone loves a beautiful tree. Thanks for sharing! Crape myrtles drop flowers in the summer, leaves and seed pods in the fall, and the bark peels in the winter and spring. . A millennial perspective with Blair Donald, Links to Planning and Development Resources, Climate Change Working Group: Calendar of Meetings and Events, Climate Change Working Group: Information and Resources, Climate Change Working Group: Get Involved, What is Project Drawdown? In the match against Bayern Munich last played Barcelona- Messi are watching helplessly as a collapse of living Jeremy Boateng. However the large oak across the street from our Paso Robles house is dropping acorns on the sidewalk like crazy. I had never seen the little ones before with the petite blossoms. . Their vase shape means that branches create a shaded allee, giving streets a close-knit and homey feeling. Grab your rake, install those gutter guards, and enjoy the trashiness of these trees. Plums--squishy, rotting fruit through July and August, squashed all over your walkways and patio. The ones I see in NC are HUGE and have a waxier leaf. Its like walking on marbles. Don't forget to watch for the worms. Sweetgum offers some of the most brilliant autumn colors. Messy bird droppings ruffling woman’s feathers Woman fights daily battle with pooping birds. Magnolias are my personal least favorite. Evergreen Shade Tree With Noninvasive Roots & No Droppings. I compiled this list based on many years of working in the field and trying to convince folks that these trees are fantastic. So why did we bother to rake up all the leaves and petals when we lived "way out in the boonies"? Messy is a human term. The former lose all their leaves in fall and winter, while the latter keeps them pretty much year round, losing them very gradually. You won't mind the damage to your roof from a fallen branch, or the garage full of leaves. Really, I bought the property for the beautiful, gigantic, mature trees, which include 1 catalpa, 1 pecan, 1 mimosa, and 3 texas umbrellas. In spring and summer, they may drop their oldest leaves, which can make for a bit of “trash.” Though this is common for many evergreens, magnolia leaves are large and leathery. 50 or so of these seed pods can be glued together to form a topiary, basket, or wreath for a Thanksgiving decoration. It had only a 6 inch stump so I thought it would be respectibly easy to remove. the pecans. What Kind of Trees Do Not Drop Messy Seeds?. While they thrive in the warmer and more humid south, they also can thrive a bit farther north if given a bit of protection from the winter winds, which is the case with this magnolia. Others have the potential to create decades of trouble, dropping messy fruit or bothersome sticks.So take your time when selecting a tree to plant and choose one that offers the best combination of qualities you will enjoy. Is there a way to stop Crepe Myrtles from blooming and making a huge mess on my patio? There is about one month where the shade is wonderful before the whole process starts over again. Find out which trees require the least maintenance. You could also try planting a Little Gem Magnolia, also known as the dwarf Southern magnolia. Planted them for shade over my patio behind my garage. 1961609 I've got a large (100' or more) multi trunk tree only about 10' from a year-old leach field (I just bought the place, and personally would have felled it before putting in the new system). Keep in mind, however, that while evergreen trees may not shed their leaves the same way, they can drop petals, needles, and fruit, so there is still a bit of maintenance and cleanup required. These trees are beautiful to own, but they do require a lot of love and care. Nancy Yager from Hamburg, New York on October 17, 2012: Great pictures you used as examples of these trees. You get the idea. First they blow out huge clouds of pollen for a couple of weeks in the spring. 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! Even if they aren't close, they are tall enough to reach quite a distance if the split, shatter, or fall. Take note: EVERY TREE DROPS SOMETHING. Ouch! Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on May 08, 2015: This was another great hub from you, Jaymie. The same occurs when they are eating fruit and other foods etc. But there are a few varieties of DED-resistent varieties of American elm. . If only I had enough disposable income to hire a full-time arborist /groundskeeper. So loud was the sound we jumped out of bed sound sleep. Les Trois Chenes from Videix, Limousin, South West France on October 14, 2012: What a well-written, informed and useful hub! Four years ago, I moved into a tiny home built in 1936. (by Jenny Willoughby). 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. crepe myrtle (even tho it is a shrub) - i am surprised you did. 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. or they can be a nightmare. Contact the professionals at Critter Control to safely clean droppings, repair damage, … This evergreen Australian native can be grown as a tree or shrub and has creamy-yellow clusters of flowers that grow along its stems from late winter to summer, depending on where you live. The owner declared that it took the entire family two weeks every year to pick up only the majority of balls. I’ve found that it often does well in spots that can’t support other species. . And those sweet, white flowers? Their flowers resemble white tulips and their buds are big like other magnolias. Check the Bark A sure way of checking if a tree is dying, or already dead, is to check its bark. American elms are making a comeback thanks to the wonders of science. If all blossoms on a fruiting plum tree set fruit and none of the plums dropped before ripening, most of the tree's branches would break under the load long before harvest. In fall or after a drought, one or two trees can completely bury a yard in gigantic brown leaves. This is actually a Chinese elm, but they all have the same level of trashy-ness. Sweetgum generally likes well-drained moist soil so it’s not suitable for heavy clay soils. 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. They are enjoyable, ornamental trees. Linden tree dropping stuff? They can also work their way into crevices on your automobile where they cause some problems. This tree is the cockroach of the tree world. If you love pecans, then having your own tree is probably worth the work for you. But don’t let that stop you! Masahisa/Getty Images Botanical name: Fabaceae. Filthy black mold on leaves, too. The seeds are two-winged papery affairs that lots of folks call helicopters. At one time, ladies wanted to keep their skin as creamy and white as the flowers of this tree. This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional. The petals were leathery, wet, and tough. Everything this tree drops is oversized and that really makes this one top the list of awesomely trashy trees. Am sure that I will be pulling up ones from garden beds or ones that squirrels have dug into the ground for some time to come. Tree man came saw the tips of leaves burned and knew that tree was done, lightning hit top of tree and traveled down thru middle of trunk. Sweetgum ranks quite high on the “trash” list, but it makes a beautiful addition to a larger landscape. I compiled this list based on many years of working in the field and trying to convince folks that these trees are fantastic. It can also stain driveways, patios, landscaping, and outdoor furniture. They constantly shed their needles in the pool and would clog the filter. I saw a yard once that was bordered by 12 sweet gum trees. Hundreds of cones a week were collected and eventually piled on a back acre. They also produce fluffy white flowers and long, skinny seed pods. It a 3ft diameter root ball 2 1/2 ft deep. Then all the leaves, dirt, and other outside debris sticks to the resin and tracks into your house. Jayme Kinsey (author) from Oklahoma on October 30, 2012: @Lipnancy--Thanks for stopping by.. There are two main kinds of tree: deciduous and evergreen. As you can imagine, evergreen trees are far less messy! The droppings are called honeydew and that grows the black sooty mold, according to Mike DeGregorio, an arborist with Bartlett Tree Experts in Rockville. Magnolias are a southern species so planting them here in Frederick, Maryland, is sometimes a gamble. Of the 167.5 million acres that Texas takes up in this United States, the honey mesquite flourishes like a bad weed on at least 56 million of them, or grow over a third of the state. It has a typical lifespan of 150–200 years, though sometimes up to 300 years. Obviously they have never fallen on a pile of them! The one in our front lawn in Michigan was a very small tree that stayed small and the branches grew out. Paid $350 but now there gone! It will seem as though every leaf on the tree counted to three and then let go, all at once. those trees were so messy and at 40+ feet tall, the gutters were full, gutter protectors were useless, and the sidewalk was just dangerous. (by Jenny Willoughby). Every morning, (and I do mean EVERY morning) of the year, they had shed enough small branches to create small brush piles. The buds are red over the winter, the tiny flowers look like little red fireworks, and the leaves have red petioles (the stem that connects the leaf to the branch) and the leaf itself turns red in the fall. Copyright © 2020 Envision Frederick County | All content, images, and other material is the property of Envision Frederick County unless otherwise noted. Most of our old American elms died when Dutch elm disease (DED) swept through numerous main streets. A nightmare tree not mentioned was cork screw willow. And maybe convince you to reconsider them for your garden space. And as a final gift, you may find your yard covered in tons of baby pecan trees. And a sweetgum is a great choice! I can see why! Mesquite tree owners often mistake dormant trees as dead or dying, even though the trees are hard to kill. Thank you Denise! All trees have their pros and cons. I don't need a 100ft tree. The catalpa tree sheds the large green leaves all year in heavy breezes. Now for the main reason this one nears the top of the list for trashiness. She is an ISA certified arborist and consider muddy boots and hands to be the sign of a good day at the office. I did not realize until I lived in NC that there are actually two types of magnolia trees. !! When my husband and I lived in that home he did nothing but complain of the petals and leaves. Aphids are tiny insects that insert their straw-like mouthparts into the tree to drink the sap. It creates drifts of cotton that sticks like crazy once it lands on landscaping (and it never biodegrades). It is one of the prettiest trees in the world. Oak Tree Droppings. 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? Step on an unseen cone, and you were asking for a broken ankle. That only leaves you approximately 98,456 gum balls left for disposal. The tree is weak and prone to damage. Asked October 2, 2015, 11:45 AM EDT. If you can't handle that then get an apartment. :). Older trees are sometimes smooth and middle-aged trees sometimes have dark blocky bark. Others are monsters. Like the catalpa tree, the pecan tree sheds just about everything. I have used the sweet gum balls in craft projects and the people were HAPPY to have me collect them from their yard. I lived in Southern California with a pool in ground, and two 90 foot canary island pine trees. They have a grand presence in every landscape I’ve seen them. The seeds are a striking cherry-red color, and the bark pattern is uniquely textured. They almost look too perfect, like drawings where each leaf is painstakingly reproduced. Gum balls may sound appetizing, but in reality, they are neither sweet nor edible. Fallen limbs from the oak tree. Here is the absolute worst tree I have had to put up with: Goldenball Lead tree. If the outer shells have already fallen off, then you will have a million of these too. . That’s mainly due to the problems with which it is associated. The only truly no-maintenance trees are the ones made of plastic (and even those require a little dusting from time to time!). 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. These spiky balls are one reason you might not want to plant sweet gums too close to the house. As to the magnolia trees...I like looking at them but would not want the mess in my yard. But pecans don't fall off the tree looking like the un-shelled versions you buy at the store for the holidays. The tulip poplar’s leaves can be quite large and are shaped like a cat head, a unique feature that makes it easy to spot. But, this tree made too much of a mess of my backyard. Large pecan branch on the garage roof. If none of this bothers you, then you will gather your nuts with joy and think of pecan pies . Only when I've suggested a crabapple he votes it down saying they are too messy. Constant battle. All have varying degrees of resistance, but all exhibit the most important characteristic of the American elm: its vase-like shape. 76% of all mesquite trees in the U.S. grow in Texas though they are native to other Southwestern states also. We do have an oak tree on the property, but it's very far from the house and garden areas, all by itself. I love this hub. Note: Like sweet gum balls, acorns (and pecans too) can be used in a variety of craft projects. Particularly when planting near roads, buildings or parked cars. Beware the sweet gum! There is no mistaking the lemony spiced scent of the blossoms. Not only can they wound you if you slip and fall onto them, but they can also roll unexpectedly, causing sprained ankles . LIke a window, perhaps. Neighbor had a fit. So how could a pecan tree be bad? I hope this list will help you find some merit in a few of the supposed trashiest trees. The ‘Hapdell’ variety, also known as Happidaze, maintains the pointed leaf tips. We are new to Idaho and love it, but we have a tree that is creating mess in front yard. And they transmit the fungus between just after leaf-out through mid-summer on the crotches of healthy twigs. First, the tree is incredibly susceptible to pests and diseases. You have given the lazy and not so lazy gardeners something to consider when planting trees. Take note: EVERY TREE DROPS SOMETHING. 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