Will Bradford pear recover after severe pruning?

Q: Recently our Bradford Pear tree was pruned to this extreme. Will it still grow and bloom?

A: Bradford pear is a tough tree to kill. Your tree will probably recover. The person who did the pruning thought this would be a good way to relieve the weight of leaves on the limbs.

In truth it simply gives them an excuse to come back and prune away new growth every year in the future.