Thanks for the comment. C E Clark from North Texas on December 26, 2012: There are Bradford Pear trees all around the inside courtyard of the apartment complex where I live. Nice to hear that you enjoyed these pictures of the Bradford Pear tree. It can be very invasive and can choke out native species in certain areas. Please plant natives that are just as beautiful, are better for the environment, won't become invasive and have berries that are more complete nutrition for birds. The Cleveland pear, also a rapid grower, is a tad smaller, reaching 30 to 40 feet high and 15 feet wide at maturity. It has many vertical limbs with embedded or included bark packed closely on the trunk. Happy Valentine's Day to you too! These trees take all the moisture and nutrients out of the ground. Glad that you liked these pictures of the Bradford Pear tree. The pictures you have used in this hub are very beautiful. It’s hot and windy here. Thanks for your comment. The crenate margins are rounded to an acute base. Hoping this is still an active thread. To this day I enjoy puttering around in our garden, growing plants for beauty and food. *sniff sniff*.. nasal passages clearing out nicely! Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 22, 2010: The Bradford Pear Tree is gorgeous when in full bloom as these pictures showed and are also beautiful in the Fall with the colored leaves. Your one tree is probably leading the way and the others will soon follow. Happy Valentines's Day today! Bradford Pears burst on the landscape scene hyped as the perfect fast-growing ornamental flowering pear, great for home or commercial landscape use. Start pruning it hoping to save it? These are beautiful trees and as you point out, grow quickly. Properly pruning these trees when they are small, and each year looking at and addressing the pruning in an ongoing manner, will help preserve these decorative specimens. The photos in this article were all taken by me, and they show what this tree looks like in the springtime in Houston, Texas, where I live. W hat should you plant instead of a Bradford pear? Will the leaves eventually change color? Photography7777 from FL on December 21, 2010: Wonderful hub. However the roots are shallow, the limbs are weak and a strong wind storm easily destroys older trees. There are, however, a few downsides to growing them. Hello, hello, from London, UK on October 29, 2010: A lovely hub about a beautiful tree. And prior to us living there, when my grandparents would vacation near Mexico they always brought back pecans and bags of grapefruit to Wisconsin when returning home. It is a fast growing invasive vine that is killing plants, shrubs and even trees because of the heavy shade that it creates. They offer just about the best fall colors as for trees in this area. Thanks for informing me and others about the potential danger of it becoming an invasive species. Too bad they are so pretty. Keep reading to learn more about getting a Bradford pear to bloom. It is the following: http:/www.treebenefits.com. However, after reading all of the problems caused by Bradford pear trees, I would not suggest doing that. That was always a big treat! Question: Does the Bradford pear tree have clusters of small nut-like balls after they bloom? Unfortunately, too many commercial landscapers who work for developers up here in the northeast USA sell these trees as instant gratification, quick landscaping additions that last for the short term. Question: My Bradford tree is sending out saplings everywhere. lucky me! Hand-picked - 125+ Pressed Bradford Pear Autumn/Fall Leaves--I pick all these leaves myself from my own property in Colorado, where everything is grown totally organic, even the trees. The closer they are to “ornamental” Bradford pear trees, the thicker they are. Question: Can I transplant a Bradford pear tree in August in Kentucky? Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 26, 2012: The Bradford Pear trees are certainly pretty especially in the Spring and Fall of the year. I learned much from him. on October 29, 2010: I did. Thanks for sharing. Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 14, 2018: Sadly a strong wind will probably make the decision for you one of these days particularly if your tree trunk has two competing main branches. The broad oval crown of the Flowering Pear 'Bradford', 30' high by 20' wide, makes a superb lawn shade tree, and the three develops a hard fruit that softens late and is consumed readily by birds. They are certainly beautiful trees especially in the Spring and Fall of the year. :). When immature, pears are more pyramidal in shape, growing upwards more than they do outwards and tapering at the top. It is a very common landscape plant, used frequently because of its rapid growth rate and tolerance to a variety of urban conditions, including drought, air pollution, and heat. Peggy-Thanks you so much for so kindly responding-truly! Please do some research on this horrible tree before planting one! The pictures look very attractive. What an informative walk this was....if there are an abundance of these in your neighborhood it must be a lovely sight to behold. Suitable as a feature tree. That is one of the problems with this tree along with its weak branches and relatively short life compared to other trees. Ethel Smith from Kingston-Upon-Hull on September 20, 2018: Beautiful trees and images thanks Peggy. We were constantly digging out sprouting pecan trees at our former home because our neighbor had a pecan tree. We get ours at Costco. Thanks for your comment and votes on this article about the Bradford Pear trees. Thanks for the visit and comment. One day when driving over there, I noticed several huge branches had fallen to the ground. A Strong, Iconic Bloomer for Nearly Any Climate Why Bradford Pear Trees?Known for its iconic springtime blooms and signature, easy-to-identify silhouette, the Bradford Pear Tree is a symbol of the season. Bradford Pears are TERRIBLE and DANGEROUS trees. Rice fields are generally flat areas of ground that can be irrigated and even flooded with water. N.C. Whoever first brought it here did not know of the damage it would cause to the environment. It is a real problem in parts of our country. Close-up of the Bradford Pear tree's blossoms. Please encourage folks not to plant these but to plant beautiful native redbuds, hawthorns, etc. One thing that I love about HubPages is all the reader feedback. Female trees bear attractive blue-black fruit favored by birds. I learn much from you. These would grow far too large for our small garden. Very stunning pictures and video. It is a very common landscape plant, used frequently because of its rapid growth rate and tolerance to a variety of urban conditions, including drought, air pollution, and heat. I do not know where you live, but here in Houston, I am seeing some signs of fall. Cooperative Extension prohibits discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy), disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, and veteran status. I have four mature Bradford Pear trees, they have taken over the lawn and killing the grass and anything else I have tried to plant. What a great hub about a beautiful tree. What you are looking at are Callery pears destroying nature. The first home they had down there had a peach tree. Hate to be a downer, but Bradford Pear trees are highly invasive and are displacing native trees and plants around the world. The colder the weather, the redder the leaves. Then, if the new replacement is small and deer are a problem, you might want to erect a barrier around the trunk, such as chicken wire, so that deer cannot continue to damage a young tree. They are not dry, still very supple. Looks wonderful. Those former neighbors ultimately had the tree removed, as an entire side of it was left with a gaping hole. Its rapid growth, dense foliage, and profusion of flowers made it a highly desirable tree for landscapes and it was planted widely. More to do...but looking good! Sometimes people do not realize the problems when introducing new species until after the fact. Montpellier Maple. You would know since you have so many of them in your backyard. Question: Do Bradford pear trees grow in Maryland? Hint...go read the skunk hub. The leaves are quite yellow and eventually turn brown at the tips of the branches. I really enjoyed this hub. James Birt from Augusta, Georgia on April 14, 2018: Peggy Woods, thank you for your informative article about the Bradford Pear Tree. Dave from Lancashire north west England on October 28, 2010: PeggyW, what another informative hub you have produced, from which I will gain much information. I have spoke to several of my neighbors whom have recently planted this tree for it "beauty", they are now regretting planting this tree. Answer: I guess that all depends upon your neighbors and what they desire at the edge of those field lines. Leaves are suborbicular as L/W ratio is nearly 1. A hardy, deciduous, ornamental pear suitable for a wide range of climatic conditions. However, its branches grow at upright angles with weak crotches that break with age. Birds eat them and the seeds get dispersed that way. Stephanie from Texas on November 03, 2010: What a beautiful hub! Will stick with our small pear tree but thanks for sharing. Will share! Each tree developed fireblight, thus the conclusion was that 'Bradford' was not resistant. These trees with roots running close the surface of the lawn will dehydrate a lawn and kill grass within a year or two. Callery Pear trees are shallow-rooted and will tolerate most soil types including clay and alkaline, are pest- and pollution-resistant, and tolerate soil compaction, drought and wet soil well. Great information here on how to grow and take care of them. That solitary Bradford pear growing in your yard is what caused this problem. They are now considered an invasive species that are killing out other good trees. Bradford Pear is a variety of pear tree native to Korea and China called Pyrus calleryana introduced into western horticulture in1908. Thanks! That was also nice! This tree has multi-season interest: flowering in spring, providing shade in the summer, and colorful foliage in fall. They are not nutritionally complete for birds and wildlife and are on every government removal list I know of-a junk tree. While all different types were eventually planted, oftentimes fast-growing ones were desired for more instant gratification in residential landscape design. Your one tree has spawned hundreds of evil progeny. There are a number of other trees in Texas that have red to pink blossoms or even red seed pods. What you are undoubtedly seeing is the dried fruit. Needless to say, this is not topography that would normally have a profusion of trees growing, and any that might have sprung up would have been removed if it interfered with rice farming. Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on December 26, 2012: Bradford Pear trees are excellent trees for landscaping. Good luck! Question: I have a 9-year-old pear tree which was never properly pruned. In the fall, this tree gives off colorful variable foliage but is one of the first trees to leaf out. Answer: Yes. This tree is mildly resistant to damage by deer. Please select a country . In addition, it is not an overly large specimen, which makes it more suitable for smaller city lots. Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day), Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours). Crataegus mollis. It might have eventually filled in, but they were obviously not willing to work with it and take the time to see if it could once again take on a pleasing shape. There are quite a few Bradford Pear trees in our neighborhood. Think of kudzu brought here from parts of Asia and the Pacific islands where it originated. Thanks for leaving a comment. Their branch structure is extremely dangerous and many of these trees literally split in half during storms and high winds. Answer: Bradford Pear Trees are not ones that live a long time so you probably won't have them that much longer no matter what you do. Your photographs are delightful as ever. Those little buggers are good at planting pecans and forgetting them. Appreciate your votes and the share. Homeowners both hate and love Bradford Pear trees. Thanks for letting me know. One town has had enough. Most of our caladiums are already becoming dormant, etc. The foliage is a broad oval shape and is thick and leathery with a lustrous, glossy finish. This causes them to be a huge liability for homeowners. I have tried several combinations of yard fertilizers to "feed" the lawn with no success. Well...you will just have to get out there ahead of your lawn man each week! That is the fruit of the Bradford pear tree. Answer: Bradford pear trees produce little berries that birds are fond of eating. It has perfect shaped white flowers. Next Spring I will have to get close and give them a sniff to see if I detect that smell your daughter describes. Fruit is non-ornamental and hidden by the foliage. Question: Do Bradford trees do well in El Paso? Answer: When the weather conditions are right, the leaves will start turning colors before completely shedding them for the winter. Yeah! . Question: If the Bradford Pear tree is so bad why does everyone buy it? In many places, the Bradford pear tree has become invasive displacing native trees and plants in open fields, etc. :) Good job! Rated up and beautiful. I have a very large, mature Bradford Pear tree in my front yard. We planted two at our church around three years ago; one died, and the other doesn’t look so good, it has a yellow coloration. C E Clark from North Texas on February 14, 2015: Came back to share this article again because spring is about to spring and lots of people will be looking for trees and shrubs to improve their yards. Thank you for showing these wonderful photos. There is probably not much that can be done for your tree. It certainly is decorative in a landscape! Many Bradford Pear trees, which were first introduced commercially by the United States Department of Agriculture in 1963, are now grown in landscapes far and wide due to their decorative as well as fast-growing attributes. It is May, and there are lots of dead leaves about. Is there any way to stop these saplings? The initial infection causes purple red spots on the leaves. ‘Bradford’ is the most fireblight-resistant cultivar of … These are not the pears one finds in grocery stores for human consumption. Given their relatively short life and weak wood that is prone to breaking in windy weather, please consider planting another type of tree. Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 31, 2010: That's nice! Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 21, 2018: You are much better off with the pear trees that are producing fruit for you given all the downsides of planting Bradford pear trees. It was 76 degrees today and the second day that I have done extensive work in our yard. Bradford or Callery pear is native to Korea and Japan, and widely planted in North America for its abundance of white, early-blooming flowers and vase-shaped growth form. I can laugh now and do about that episode. They appear in a deep, dark green, and then warm up with the arrival of fall to bright shades of red and orange before dropping to the ground. I have only ever tried Bartlet. Ulmus canescens. ‘Bradford’ is a very common cultivar of Callery pear. In Bradford pear trees, the fungus entomosporium causes leaf spot disease in the fall or spring during or shortly after exceptionally rainy weather. Question: What is the ministry value of a 30 ft Bradford pear? It has many vertical limbs with embedded bark packed closely on the trunk and grows about 50 feet high by 20 to 30 feet wide but the crown is dense and the branches long and not tapered, making it quite susceptible to wind and ice damage and other breakage. :D Voted up and useful! Insects, Diseases and Other Plant Problems:  Limb breakage is common due to poor crotch angles and it is often a very short-lived tree. Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 17, 2013: Obviously people do not know about this as a widespread problem because even many of our boulevards maintained by tax dollars are planted with Bradford Pear trees in our part of Houston. As subdivisions were developed and started swallowing up those rice fields, the new dwellings would all have been mostly devoid of any shade trees. Thanks for your inquiry. Heart-shaped leaves, bright glossy green, turning multi-hued in late autumn. Glad to hear that you enjoyed these pictures and thanks for the comment. As to saving some of them, pruning is absolutely necessary. You're very good at capturing the beauty of Mother Nature. What a magnificent tree,I have only seen pictures of these trees, but they have always been one of my favorites, however our climate can get quite cold, and can typically get ice storms, or lots of snow...this is truly unfortunate...although I love the 4 seasons (yes, including winter)...we cannot have some of the flowers, or trees that I love...your pictures are beautiful, thanks, take really good care! I really enjoy your report. Flowers buds are large, ovoid, elongate, bluntly acute, have wooly grayish-brown scales, are terminal, and hairy. I'm sorry.. you and your siblings. Pyrus calleryana 'Bradford Ornamental Pear' Fast growing – thick and glossy, dark green, heart shaped leaves. You are correct with your recommendation about choosing different types of trees to plant. We do not have any planted in our yard. Ideally, it is best to transplant trees in the fall season so that the tree can adjust to its new home over winter when it is in its dormant stage. 'Bradford' is regarded as relatively pest and disease free, whereas species is very susceptible to fireblight. Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 26, 2019: Unfortunately, Bradford Pear trees are short-lived and unless pruned properly, they are prone to losing branches. Voting 5 stars and sharing here. This plant is used as a temporary specimen tree (10-20 years) in residential sites, commercial sites, school grounds, and malls. Since our present yard and garden has no space to plant additional trees, my husband and I will simply enjoy these magnificent Bradford Pear trees wherever we get to see them. Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 14, 2011: I just added photos of the Bradford Pear tree showing Fall colors. My grandpa loved gardening. Asked August 12, 2013, 11:12 AM EDT. Broad green leaves turn bright yellow in fall. It will require more water in the heat of August so pay attention to its water requirements. Thanks for your information. It's about 15 years old with lush green leaves arriving in the early spring. Question: Is it possible to keep the Bradford pears short so I can have a forest of trees? Is it dying? The white blossom-laden branches that envelop these trees prior to any leaves being unfurled remind me of snow-covered trees that are commonly seen in northern climates in the wintertime. “Anything” is what most landscape designers and horticulturists might exclaim. So they can be a hazard as you mentioned. It has an erect, oval-shaped canopy. This variety of pear tree is an early bloomer, with a mass of flowers arriving at the beginning of spring. I wouldn't have room in my yard and I haven't even managed to grow tomatoes in the garden. But they are short-lived, especially without judicious pruning. We see entire boulevards in some areas of Houston planted with Bradford Pear trees. You'll soon know why... :-). I'm a little queasy just thinking of your poor classmates.. If the branches are already as large and growing close together as in the video and from what you wrote, then removing the outer ones is an excellent place to start the pruning process. Typical memebers of callery pears have more spreading branches and some leaves with L/W ratios near 2. They are gorgeous, in every way you described. Acer cissifolium. Thanks for the share about the Bradford Pear tree. Thanks for your comment. While we typically do not experience snow in Houston, the white and showy blossoms bring me back to the days of my youth, as I spent my first 13 years in the Wisconsin countryside. I never knew it was a Bradford Pear Tree. Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 07, 2010: Glad that you found this information about the Bradford Pear Tree helpful. I have read some negative aspects about them, but they sure seem to be popular around here. Should we cut off the top or just leave it? 'Aristocrat' - This oval-pyramidal cultivar is preferable to 'Bradford', as its limbs feature a wider branching angle that makes the tree less likely to split. Grey Elm. Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 18, 2011: You would definitely have noticed the bradford pear trees when in bloom. There are so many better and safer alternatives!! Your Hub is a reality check on what you are in for with the Bradford pear. I had intended to get some pictures of them in the Fall but the time slipped past me this year. Answer: If your question is referring to the monetary value of a tree, there is a good website that I found which calculates the value of a tree. Those weak branches move like acrobatics and I fear the point of no return and branch failure is quickly approaching. What about poor us? Glad you enjoyed this hub about the Bradford Pear trees. Very beautiful pictures and it is such a hugh tree yet it bears so beautiful flowers. :). The Bradford pear trees are merely decorative. I appreciate the kudos on the pictures of the Bradford Pear Trees and how they are used in landscapes. A seed lies inside of those berries. Pruning it somewhat might help delay the inevitable. Downy Hawthorn. Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 01, 2016: We are not supposed to insert links into the comment box but here is what you wrote: Bradford pear trees, as much as you like them, happen to be a highly invasive non-native tree. Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 17, 2017: So nice to know that you saw this article about Bradford Pear Trees on Twitter. The article also mentioned strands of them growing along roadsides, etc. Leaves have a red to maroon fall coloration. For people who did not know about or who ignored pruning, this sudden event forces them to decide what next to do. FlourishAnyway from USA on July 16, 2017: Saw this on Twitter. Beautiful trees and a wonderful article, Peggy. Cummon Flash, We need an adventure! Eventually, those nut-like balls harden and dry out in the winter months. We have four Bradford Pear trees in our front yard. i learned alot from your hub. Bradford Pear blossoms against a clear, deep blue sky. The small fruits are only good for foraging birds. Pyrus calleryana, or the Callery pear, is a species of pear tree native to China and Vietnam, in the family Rosaceae. hi, last winter my bradford pear lost some of its branches, and now it looks like its dieing, even though its just 10. All of these leaves are from one Bradford Pear Tree. Birds spread the seeds and these trees have taken over natural woodland - choking out natural species like oak and maple, and are a plague for farmers, where they grow quickly in fields. The Bradford pear's origin In the beginning, the Callery Pear was a savior. Both are an ideal size for small to medium yards. It also develops tight crotches that are likely to be split in half by heavy wind and rain storms. SweetiePie from Southern California, USA on October 30, 2015: My parents have Bartlett pare trees, so your Bradford pares sound lovely. Oak trees they are not, in terms of longevity. Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 18, 2013: Happy to respond. Small, inedible russet colored orbicular pomes (1/2" in diameter) which are of little practical value or ornamental use and have a brown pit. One thing that I guess I neglected to mention is that this Bradford Pear tree is merely decorative. How can I tell? When my parents lived in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas they always planted fruit trees in their backyard. Tree roots extend beyond the trunk of a tree as do the branches. Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 06, 2010: Sometimes people are not well informed about things sold in local nurseries and have to learn through trial and error. Considering all the pros and cons I would not choose to plant one even if we had the room. pruning has a short life, thus ‘Bradford’ Pear defines a Catch-22. Sometimes, large branches come crashing down, disfiguring the tree (but hopefully hurting nothing or no one underneath). I've talked to two Master Gardeners and both were perplexed. Give it fertile, well-drained soil and full to partial sun. And the Pear tree is gorgeous! Red Alder. Ok.. so I can't plant one at my apartment complex.. shame! The Bradford pear tree is an ornamental tree known for its glossy green summer leaves, spectacular fall color and a bountiful display of white blossoms in early spring. Thanks for the comment. Are they a sign that the tree is dying? Pictures taken today, December 14th, in Houston, Texas. In the summer, the top of the leaf is a shiny green while the bottom side is a dull green in the fall, the leaves turn reddish purple. Cross-pollination with regular pear trees is also a problem. … What are the little nut type objects that the tree produces and fall with the leaves before winter? The cultivar 'Bradford' has strongly ascending branches, and is narrower than typical selections of callery pear. Mrs. J. Avoid at all costs. Well done! Answer: I know of no Bradford pear trees that bloom in red. It's usually rounded and multitrunked, growing 12 to 20 feet tall and wide. Thanks for your comment! Bradford Pear trees are a nice size for city lots. Question: My beloved Bradford is thirty-one-years-old. They are kept nicely pruned and are beautiful to enjoy viewing during every season of the year. Bradford Pear is a dense, broadly pyramidal deciduous tree that grows up to 43'. Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on October 27, 2017: Beautiful blossoms...they remind me of Dogwood blossoms which we had in our yard when I was a youth in Virginia. Fayetteville, Arkansas has come up with a novel plan to control and hopefully end the Bradford curse within its borders. Answer: You are lucky that your Bradford Pear tree has lived to that age. in northeastern states. With trees in particular it is best to be well informed before planting because of the expense of upkeep...and even removal if later necessary. Don A. Hoglund from Wisconsin Rapids on October 28, 2010: Voted up.I don't think I have ever seen a pear tree. Les Trois Chenes from Videix, Limousin, South West France on March 18, 2011: Despite having worked as a landscape architect in Bradford (UK), I've never heard of this tree. Thanks Peggy! The pruning of them is more of an issue plus the fact of them being relatively short lived. justmesuzanne from Texas on May 17, 2013: These are very pretty, semi-naturalized trees and they grow nicely here in TX. VIDEO Created by Homegrown featuring Jeana Myers, Horticulture Extension Agent for NC State Extension. Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 29, 2019: It is natural for Bradford Pear trees to have their leaves turn colors as the season of fall approaches. "Bradford" is the original introduction of Callery pear and has an inferior branching habit when compared to other flowering pear cultivars. The Bradford Pear Tree originated in China and were introduced in 1964 by the US Department of Agriculture as an ornamental tree. Note that it's one of the last trees to leaf … Guess you do not lack a source on pecans! Thanks for the wish of angels. Bradford Pear trees in bloom in the spring of the year. According to the weather forecast for Houston it will be Wednesday before any possible freezing temperatures are due. The massive shedding of leaves has not yet begun. A Bradford Pear will grow up to 25 feet in height with light grey bark. I like some of the older choices in naturalized trees that were around when I was a child: kataupa, persimmon, chinaberry, mulberry, hackberry, mimosa. It provides plentiful shade during the hot Georgia summers and has foliage from mid February to late December. As to a good heart, I think that you have that CAPITALIZED dear friend from across the world. Hi! Pyramidal in shape when young becoming broad with age. The problem is exacerbated if the high wind is accompanied with rain or if the tree is wet. Alnus rubra. Clusters of … You always take such beautiful pictures! It was a favorite of landscapers and municipal planners alike. This flowering tree was assumed to be sterile (spoiler alert- it isn’t!) If you do not care about them that much, I would suggest removing the worst looking of the trees right now. There are no "shepherd's crook" shaped branches or visible cankers to indicate fire blight. Pruning will not only keep them aesthetically looking better but will preserve them from their main enemy, that of wind or ice storms lopping off major branches. Dogwood blossoms are also beautiful. Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 09, 2016: I saw what happened with a tree next door to my mother's old home. And, as the disease progresses, the spots grow and the leaves turns red and eventually drop. Is that true? Keep the tree? I would suggest taking a blossom and leaf to a good nursery or agricultural center to get your tree identified.