Curb appeal and trees: Which add value and which detract?

August 10, 2017

Trees are beautiful and can add value to your property in most cases if well placed and maintained. They can also save you money on heating and cooling expenses, enhance your landscaping and provide privacy.

There are several trees you may want to stay away from, though!


Below are HouseLogic’s picks for trees to avoid and a brief explanation of why.  Click into the  link for more detail via Trees for Home: Don’t Plant These | Trees to Avoid | Trees for Yard.


1. Ginko – stinky fruit, hard to rake

2.  Chinese Tallow – invasive

3. Sweet Gum – spiky seed pods

4. Ash – Emerald Ash Borer infestation

5. Honey Locust – thorns

6. Cottonwood – messy

7. Linden – a sappy mess

8. Russian Olive – invasive

9. Weeping Willow – invasive roots, messy

10. Black Walnut – messy and changes the soil, making it hard to grow other things around it

11. Bamboo – grows quickly & hard to eradicate


There’s no sense in spending money to enhance your yard or increase your curb appeal with a new tree or two and have it be a mistake or problematic like the examples above. Trees, while beautiful, are expensive and should be chosen carefully.


Here are some of the best options for trees that can enhance curb appeal and home value:

  1. Blue Spruce – pretty and durable
  2. Sugar Maple – gorgeous fall foliage
  3. Flowering Crab– bright spring flowers, compact size
  4. Arborvitae – green screening capabilities
  5. Japanese Maple – compact size, elegant shape and colorful leaves
  6. White Oak – a majestic shade tree

Be sure to plant trees in the light they need and consider the distance from the house.  Keep all limbs trimmed to avoid damage to the home.


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