Plants and trees to avoid
Aborist Mark Hartley, of The Tree Doctor (www.treedoc.com.au), suggests making sure you know what care is required before planting anything. Also check with local council to find out what plants have been declared noxious or invasive, and consider where trees and shrubs are positioned to keep nuisance plants away from fences, paths and driveways. The solution to most so-called pest plants is maintenance to prevent them growing out of control.
Highly invasive if not kept in a pot, and the roots can end up next door.
Choose a non-running bamboo instead.
Roots can grow a metre a month in wet weather, and the closer the root is to the surface, the more likely it is to do damage.
Keep in a pot or an area with good soil where it can develop deeper roots.
This is known for its invasive nature and propensity to cause dog allergies.
A blue-flowered native version is less of an allergen and not so invasive.
This can cause severe skin irritation, sometimes resulting in hospitalisation.
Remove and never plant it.
A hedging plant that, if not rigorously maintained, quickly becomes massive and uncontrollable, with removal the only solution.
Choose an alternative such as lilly pilly that can be hedged at any time.
Produces over 100kg of fruit a year that is inedible to everything except troublesome flying foxes.
In Sydney, two new bat colonies have started because of this tree. Avoid planting.
Extremely hardy, making it popular with local councils, but the fruit and leaves produce small fibres that can cause some people considerable discomfort.
Choose a different hardy plant that likes lots of sunlight.
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