They were old and dignified and planted right against the house. If none of this bothers you, then you will gather your nuts with joy and think of pecan pies . But pecans don't fall off the tree looking like the un-shelled versions you buy at the store for the holidays. Constant battle. My mother loved magnolia trees and we had one in our front yard in Michigan, along with maples and fruit trees in the back yard. The 12 Best Trees for Small Spaces and Front Yards At one time, ladies wanted to keep their skin as creamy and white as the flowers of this tree. This is designed to be absorbed by roots and won’t benefit cut trees or flowers. According to the forestry service, oaks are more likely than other trees to be struck by lightning, (with beeches being the least likely.) Hundreds of cones a week were collected and eventually piled on a back acre. Jayme Kinsey (author) from Oklahoma on October 30, 2012: @Lipnancy--Thanks for stopping by.. The worms make excellent bait . I actually read an article defending those trees, saying that sweet gum balls were soft and pretty. 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! I do know we never had to gather kindling wood for the winter because it was always available just outside the door. My gutters were constantly full . What are these little flakes and what are their purpose? Not a good idea to hit them with the riding mower either. Ash trees are pretty cool. The oaks are a little un-nerving when you think how many are planted close to homes and businesses. I would never, ever, again buy a home where one of these trees is within a MILE. @Peggy--Thanks for the comment and votes. Interesting information here! You didn't want to mow over too many of them, because they would congeal under the mower and create a mess. I have used the sweet gum balls in craft projects and the people were HAPPY to have me collect them from their yard. If you'd rather cook than craft, you can also make your own acorn flour. 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. _g1.classList.remove('lazyload'); and I hope you really like pecan pies. The tree’s large roots can even damage the foundation of your house. Thank you Denise! Japanese loquats--filthy mess with something dying and dropping all year long--and I don't mean the leaves, which are voluminous, but at least not moldy, filthy, or squishy, like the fruit. These trees are beautiful to own, but they do require a lot of love and care. Shagbark Hickory. They don’t ask for a cup of tea in a parched voice—oh, no—trees get weird. You might, however, mind the yellow coating of adhesive sap that just coated your car. But by the time they’re bloop-blooping somewhere in the ultrasonic range, a dangerous process is already occurring that can prove fatal to the unlucky bubbler. Maybe the developer thought this was a great idea. 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. Filthy black mold on leaves, too. I just tolerated his comments because I wasn't going to de-plant them, haha. Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on May 08, 2015: This was another great hub from you, Jaymie. :). I asked someone for enough to make a tree. They are hard, brown, spiky balls that can create some serious hazards. Arizona has a few varieties of evergreen trees that don’t lose leaves in the winter time! So why didn’t my tree lose its leaves, you ask. Where there are neighbors to clean up... you will find 20 - 50 bags of these balls out for waste pickup. Neighbor had a fit. This is an excellent winter food source for birds and other wildlife. And as a final gift, you may find your yard covered in tons of baby pecan trees. However, don’t use plant fertiliser made for houseplants or outdoor plants. Unlike pine cones, magnolia cones are not brittle. . These trees also like to drop twigs constantly but they provide wonderful shade so I won't be getting rid of them. All of the cones had to be gathered daily by hand, and disposal was a challenge. The large trees with the enormous blossoms and leaves. The two I mentioned in the article, Golden Raindrops and Profusion both hold their tiny apples all winter. var _g1; lead photo (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images). Far far away from mine. MONDAY-SATURDAY 7:30AM-5PM SUNDAY 9AM - 5PM. As daylight diminishes in fall, the leaves of deciduous trees are no longer needed and are shed, allowing the trees to survive winter. They began growing 5000 years ago: about the … If the outer shells have already fallen off, then you will have a million of these too. In Basement & Attic. Flowering trees add color to a landscape. Really, I bought the property for the beautiful, gigantic, mature trees, which include 1 catalpa, 1 pecan, 1 mimosa, and 3 texas umbrellas. I guess they like the warmer climates. I have two large Cottonwoods in my back yard and their cotton make it impossible to be in the back yard for about six weeks every spring/early summer. Magnolia leaves are crisp and waxy even when green, which made raking them very difficult. Liquidambers are awesome looking trees. This invasive species is known for crowding out other plants, and refusing to die even when cut down. This was the funniest and most informative article i have read in aome time. However the large oak across the street from our Paso Robles house is dropping acorns on the sidewalk like crazy. That only leaves you approximately 98,456 gum balls left for disposal. If it didn't ruin the blades, then it was slung out and into something else. Think again! Sweet gum balls can be a major yard hazard, and they're not easy to clean up. Whether it be a high risk of cracking, breaking, killing other plants, or simply stinking up the place – you’ll want to stay as far away from these trees as possible. They also tend to have very weak branches which is always a no-no. The "plums of Damocles." 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 it starts dropping the little branches that the seed pods and flowers were on. This doesn't mean magnolias should be discounted. 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