Leylandii trees top housebuyers’ plant hate-list, says poll

Designers should consider which plants not to include in a design as list reveals most-hated plants.

Leylandii trees are the plants most likely to put buyers off a property — and can wipe thousands off its value, a new survey reveals. Anyone trying to sell their house should also chop down their treasured ivy, pampas grass, conifers and Wisteria, the study found. Tacky garden features are a huge turn-off too with garden gnomes most likely to create the wrong impression. Researchers found that water features, including ponds, and pets buried in the garden also devalued a property. More than seven in 10 -buyers — 71 per cent — voiced concern about leylandii trees, citing the speed at which they grow and potential complaints from neighbours. The survey, carried out for uktvgardens.co.uk, asked 6,000 property buyers which plants they hated and which they liked. 1 Leylandii trees 71% 2 Ivy 67% 3 Pampas grass 55% 4 Conifers 50% 5 Wisteria 49% 6 Magnolia 47% 7 Privet hedges 36% 8 Geranium 31% 9 Bamboo 29% 10 Carnations 18%

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