Why I Do Not Care For Bradford Pear

It has pretty white flowers and glossy green leaves; it grows easily just about anywhere. So why do I recommend against planting it?

  1. It WILL eventually start dropping big limbs.
  2. For a lot of people, the flowers stink.
  3. If it produces fruit, new thorny sprouts will pop up everywhere.
  4. If you cut it down, thorny root sprouts will pop up everywhere.
  5. The thorns are sharp enough to puncture a tractor tire.
  6. There are other attractive trees that don’t have so many problems.

The History of Bradford Pear

Bradford Pear Substitutes

A Wildly Sprouting Thorny Bush

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leaf and fruit