In South Africa, we have an outstanding array of indigenous trees that make for truly beautiful outdoor spaces. But, if you want some natural shade around your pool, there are a few things you’ll want to consider before you plant that healthy little sapling.

So, here’s what you need to know about having trees around pools.

Choosing Trees

When it comes to foliage selection, perhaps leaf fall is the first thing that springs to mind. However, the most important consideration is actually the tree’s size. You need to know how big the tree will be at full maturity. This includes its height, the spread of its canopy, as well as what’s going on underground.

In fact, there are a few trees that appear small-ish but actually have extensive underground root systems.

Then there are the symbiotic relationships supported by the tree. This means your garden might be super attractive to certain little creatures. Most of the time you probably wouldn’t notice these non-rent-paying life forms, but it’s another story if they keep falling in your pool!

Here’s a quick list of some of the worst trees to have around pools:

  • Mulberry trees: think caterpillars, berries, and aggressive roots
  • Willow trees: with clever, harmful, water-seeking roots
  • Azaleas: their flowers fall all over
  • Leopard trees: while they do look gorgeous, their little leaves fall constantly
  • Acacias: think bare feet and huge thorns
  • Bottlebrush trees: again, the flowers
  • Bougainvillaeas: provide excellent nesting for rodents, drop flowers, and have thorns

According to Random Harvest, it’s good to bear in mind that evergreen trees shed leaves all year round, whereas deciduous trees have a seasonal leaf fall. So, it’s up to you whether you want to be cleaning up all year round. Or, if you want to worry about leaves for a couple of weeks of the year when it’s too cold to swim.

No matter what your personal outdoor style looks like, or what trees around pools you like, at the end of the day it’s all about making the most of your pool.

If you need any advice on pools, water features, or aquariums, contact us at Pool Spa today!