Sports fan-shaped leaves; ginkgo can grow 70 feet tall and endure various climates. Opt for a male of the species to avoid an odor.
Reader gripe: We have a female gingko tree in our front yard, and the smell of the fruit has been described as “dog poo” or “vomit.” They’re hard to rake up, and when you do, the smell gets on your clothes.
More Trees You Should Never Plant in Your YardCottonwood (Populus)
AKA: poplar, aspen
Fast-growing, prefers extremes of hot and cold; 40-60 feet tall. Females produce masses of cottony seeds; choose seedless males for easier maintenance. White poplar (P. alba) has been classified as invasive
Reader gripe: the sticky, sappy cotton pods; the endless sticks and twigs
More Trees You Should Never Plant in Your YardLinden (Tilia)
Grows to 60 feet tall. Native to eastern North America. Attracts aphids, which causes it to drip sap called honeydew.
Reader gripe: For just about a full month in the summer, this linden tree becomes infected with aphids, which secrete sap from the tree. My car, which is parked in the driveway, is constantly covered with sticky dots of sap.
More Trees You Should Never Plant in Your YardWeeping willow (Salix babylonic)
AKA: golden weeping willow (Salix alba tristis).
Grows 75-100 ft. tall and nearly as wide with long, trailing branches that reach the ground.
Reader gripe: Nightmarish when they invade sewers and septic tanks. However, native willows, such as Salix nigra, the black willow, and S. sericea, silky willow, are also essential for stream bank restoration.