Plants That Are Not Good Near Swimming Pools

A great landscape style needs not only looks good, but it also needs to be easy to maintain. And there are some plants that are not good near swimming pools.

Plants that have these aspects are not good around the pool:

  • Plants that are often drop leaves
  • Plants that attract bees
  • Prickly plants like roses
  • Messy trees that have debris blowing into the pool
  • Thrive in the shade

Here are few plants you should refrain using around the pool:


This evergreen Australian native can be grown as a tree or shrub. It has creamy-yellow clusters of flowers that grow along its stems from late winter to summer. It also depends on where you live. All species of acacia have pods, sap, and are fire-resistant. When it’s time for the acacia to release its flower clusters, they spread—all over your yard and into your pool.

Did you know:

They say that the Ark of the Covenant is made out of acacia wood.


Azaleas bloom in the spring, their flowers often lasting several weeks. Shade tolerant, they prefer living near or under trees. They are part of the family Ericaceae

They’re beautiful in the spring, but not near your pool, because you don’t want their dead flowers and leaves into your pool.


Bougainvillea is also a pretty flowering plant but because of its thorns, it is not good near pools.


Like bougainvillea, roses are not good because of the thorns. Roses are best kept elsewhere. Anything with thorns or sharp-pointed leaves where someone could fall into it.

Some plants look good but are messy and could clog your filter so, make sure to choose wisely. Because the concept of having a pool is for you to enjoy with your family and friends.

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