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Trees that you Should Not Plant in Irvine, CA

Whatever You Do, Don’t Plant These Trees

Some trees look great for awhile then quickly grow out of control. Others will simply tear up your driveway and sewer line with thick, fast-growing roots. If you just bought a home for sale in Irvine and want to invest your money in a beautiful tree that will give you shade and a great view for years to come, avoid these four species.

1. Ash Tree

Ash trees are popular throughout the United States for their strength and beauty. Unfortunately, the ash tree is now threatened by the emerald ash borer, a beetle from Asia that has destroyed over 50 million ash trees in the country over the last 15 years. The EAB is quickly spreading across the country, and it may just wipe out ash trees for good in the U.S.

2. Ginkgo Biloba Tree (Female)

A Ginkgo tree near your home will certainly get plenty of admirers–but only from a distance. The tree is known for its rich butter-yellow leaves in the fall, but it also has a reputation for its unpleasant aroma. Some homeowners describe the aroma of the fruit of the female Ginkgo as a mix between dog waste and vomit, certainly not something you want to come home to every day!

3. Mimosa Tree

The mimosa tree, also known as the silk tree, is one of the best-selling trees in Southern California, but many homeowners undoubtedly get buyer’s remorse. The mimosa tree offers delicate and beautiful foliage at a high cost: It tends to attract webworm, it’s prone to breakage, and it produces very large seeds that germinate faster than you can blink. Mimosa seeds will easily germinate in your gutters, flowerbeds, lawn, and everywhere else, leaving you with an entire property full of mimosas if you don’t stay on top of the problem.

4. Sweet Gum Tree

Commonly found in Mexico, Central America, and the Eastern U.S., many homeowners in Southern California have also come to appreciate the beauty of the Sweet Gum tree. While its foliage is definitely eye catching, this tree is definitely one to skip because its root system can quickly cause damage to your foundation, patio, pool, driveway, and any nearby structures. It also produces messy fruit that is difficult to clean up.

Admittedly, we aren’t botanists and don’t know everything about trees. We do, however, know a lot about real estate in Irvine. If you’re looking for your dream home, we can show you the best local properties that meet your every need. Call us today at (714) 454-6304 and schedule an appointment.

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