5 Trees To Avoid Around Your Pool

Excess Pool Debris and Root Problems

Having nice shade trees around a swimming pool can make your landscape stand out, however you must choose your plants and trees carefully.

Excess pool debris from trees can include lots of ‘leaf litter’, excessive pollen, berries, or budding flowers. This buildup can cause extra work for you and your pool filter.

Additionally, trees with large root systems can damage pool walls, pool plumbing, and decks.

 The Worst Trees For Pools

Some trees are constantly shedding buds, flowers, leaves and bark. With a little wind, this can fill your pool with debris.

Deciduous trees are not necessarily bad, but will give the backyard a bare appearance during winter. Small leaves from a willow or maple tree can be fairly manageable, but large leaves can clog skimmers and cleaners.  ash-tree

Most trees grow root systems of about the same size as the tree branch systems. Some trees have very aggressive roots that can damage pool walls or vinyl liners when planted too close to in-ground pool.  In some instances, the root system becomes so large it can break up concrete structures.

The worst trees to plant around a pool include:
  1. Ash
  2. Cottonwood
  3. Elm
  4. Eucalyptus
  5. Mulberry
  6. Oak
  7. Pine
  8. Poplar
  9. Walnut Trees

The Best Trees

The best trees to plant around a pool include:

  1. Acacia
  2. Banana
  3. Citrus
  4. Evergreens (arbor vitae, cypress, spruce)
  5. Holly and Magnolia (also evergreen)
  6. Olive trees (non fruit bearing)
  7. Succulents (cactus, stonecrop, leatherpetal)

I don’t want to spend all my time outside cleaning my pool gutters and traps. I’d rather be lounging by the pool, drinking a cool beverage under a shade tree.

Debris from plants and trees is common, but can be minimized with the a little landscape planning and good placement around your pool.  Ryno Lawn Care offers landscape design services and maintenance for your home or business. Call now or click here for a free consultation.

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8 thoughts on “5 Trees To Avoid Around Your Pool”

  1. THANK YOU! I have been trying to find a list of trees to not have near my pool. I was arguing with the neighbor who tried telling me that his newly planted ash trees would not cause an issue with my pool. He hasn’t planted them yet but I want to make sure he doesn’t plant them right up against the fence because they will be too close to my pool!

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  2. DO NOT make the mistake of planting an oleander near a swimming pool unless you’re using a large cast concrete pot!! While quite pretty when in flower, their roots seek out moisture, they constantly drop leaves, and they are EXTREMELY poisonous – all parts!!

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    • I have a 7 foot avocado in a container, I want to plant. The only Space is 12 feet from my inground pool. Well the roots Eventually reach and damage my poor wall Structure?

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  3. My yard has no shade. I have small pool. I dont want to spend my time cleaning out leaves. Does anybody have experience with non-fruit producing olive trees? Do they grow well in south Louisiana? Do they provide nice shade. What is name of tree?

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  4. We have a “non-fruit” olive tree next to our pool….unfortunately no one told it ( the tree) that it was as non fruit bearing tree….so we have olives on the ground and around the pool at least 3 months of the year. Then we have the flowers from the tree another couple of months and finally the roots are up ending my brick walkway. With that said it is very attractive and provides shade year round……so I would really make certain it is a nonfruit beating tree and watch for any shallow roots cutting them out asap

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