What is this tree with thorns?

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Date Photo Taken: Sept 24, 2011
Location: Alpharetta GA
Posted By: alphajim


MMy neighbor and I need to determine how big this tree will grow and if it worth keeping as we clean up the area between our homes. I have also seen this tree in the Pigeon Mtn Wildlife Mgmt Area in North GA. I have taken a branch by all the local nurseries and they could not identify it. It’s most notable feature is it has thorns on the leaf structure as show in the center of this photo but not when the leaves grow out of the branch as the leaves above the one with the thorn. Note the thorn shows up well in the shadow. The tree appears to be pretty young. It is about 25 ft tall and growing amongst other trees so I can’t get a good photo of the full tree. The spots on the bark are sunlight.


  1. Bobby Unregistered says:

    You have a Callery pear. It is considered an invasive species. Check this link from a previous post to Walter http://www.walterreeves.com/gardening-q-and-a/callery-pear-identifying/

    September 25th, 2011 at 10:00 pm
  2. Alphajim Unregistered says:

    Thanks so much. That certainly explains why the most common response at the nurseries was, “It sure looks like a Bradford Pear, but they don’t have thorns!” I may leave until next spring just to see what kind of blossoms it does have.

    September 26th, 2011 at 12:10 pm

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