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Information About Bradford Pear Trees (With Pictures)

My grandpa loved gardening. I learned much from him. To this day I enjoy puttering around in our garden, growing plants for beauty and food.

Close-up of the Bradford Pear tree's blossoms

Close-up of the Bradford Pear tree's blossoms

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. 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.

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.

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. Snow was abundant in the winter up there!

Walking through our neighborhood last spring, I decided to take my camera and capture some photographs of the many Bradford Pear trees that are utilized in home landscaping designs.

While these relatively small trees during the summer blend into the green surroundings as other flowering plants and shrubs are regaling us with their colorful vestments, the Bradford Pear is hard to ignore as it is one of the first to blossom each spring.

The deciduous branches come into flower, profusely blanketed with dazzling white blossoms, inviting passersby to gaze upon its beauty.

In the fall season, it can be counted upon to adorn those same home landscapes with striking hues of red, orange, yellow, and other colors prior to shedding those vibrantly tinged leaves and becoming dormant for the winter months.

Neighborhood Bradford Pear tree in all its springtime glory

Neighborhood Bradford Pear tree in all its springtime glory

Fast-Growing Specimens

In the western region of Houston where we now live, much of the land used to be dedicated to growing rice—and there are areas further out that are still cultivated for that purpose. Rice fields are generally flat areas of ground that can be irrigated and even flooded with water.

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.

As subdivisions were developed and started swallowing up those rice fields, the new dwellings would all have been mostly devoid of any shade trees. While all different types were eventually planted, oftentimes fast-growing ones were desired for more instant gratification in residential landscape design.

Bradford Pear blossoms against a clear, deep blue sky

Bradford Pear blossoms against a clear, deep blue sky

Here is where Bradford Pear trees and other fast-growing varieties came into play.

Not only could this type provide shade in a more rapid manner often attaining a height of 15 feet in about five years, it also had the ornamental effect already described.

In addition, it is not an overly large specimen, which makes it more suitable for smaller city lots. Growing to an average height of around 50 feet with perhaps around a 25- to 30-foot spread, it became a tree of choice for many reasons.

Commonly found growing in zones from 5 to 9 and also disease resistant, this sounds like a perfect choice to plant. Doesn't it sound perfect? There are, however, a few downsides to growing them.

Bradford Pear trees are a nice size for city lots.

Bradford Pear trees are a nice size for city lots.

Pruning Considerations

Most fast-growing trees are generally not as long-lived as other slower growing types. Bradford Pear trees can get to be between 25 to 30 years of age if well tended.

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.

The growth habit of this tree left untended and allowed to grow naturally is the prime reason why people become disenchanted with this otherwise showy and ornamental beauty.

It grows with so many upright and compact branches in the center that it literally ends up with weak limbs and needs the help of human hands to do a little thinning out of these branches with careful pruning.

Sometimes, large branches come crashing down, disfiguring the tree (but hopefully hurting nothing or no one underneath). For people who did not know about or who ignored pruning, this sudden event forces them to decide what next to do. Keep the tree? Start pruning it hoping to save it? Or bear the work and/or expense of removing it?

Bradford Pear tree blossoms

Bradford Pear tree blossoms

That happened to what was a beautiful specimen in the front yard next to what used to be my mother's house. One day when driving over there, I noticed several huge branches had fallen to the ground. We had endured quite a severe windstorm the night before, and this was the sad result.

Those former neighbors ultimately had the tree removed, as an entire side of it was left with a gaping hole. 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.

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.

Bradford Pear trees in bloom in the spring of the year.

Bradford Pear trees in bloom in the spring of the year.

A native of China and Korea, the Callery Pear (Pyrus calleryana) is the progenitor of the most commonly cultivated Bradford Pear tree.

There are other varieties that might offer some advantages and can be sought through local nurseries or mail order sites.

We see entire boulevards in some areas of Houston planted with Bradford Pear trees. They are kept nicely pruned and are beautiful to enjoy viewing during every season of the year.

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. Soon we will be seeing the resplendent fall colors and then after the short months of winter we will once again be dazzled by their snowy white branches bearing blossoms next spring.

Notice the bee amidst the blossoms?

Notice the bee amidst the blossoms?

Now that you are better acquainted with not only some pictures of the Bradford Pear and know some of the pros and cons of using these fast-growing decorative trees for landscape design, are you tempted to use them in your home or commercial garden space?

Video Explains Pros and Cons

Questions & Answers

Question: Can I transplant a Bradford pear tree in August in Kentucky?

Answer: This answer would apply to all trees being transplanted. 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. That gives the roots some time to adjust to their new home. Then in spring, it will send out new roots and be prepared for new growth to take place.

If you do not have that choice, then take extra care to get most of the roots and give the tree a larger well-prepared hole in which to plant the tree with good soil surrounding it. It will require more water in the heat of August so pay attention to its water requirements.

Question: Do Bradford pear trees grow in Maryland?

Answer: According to Wikipedia, the Bradford pear trees grow in 25 of our 50 states. Maryland was not specifically mentioned other than that tree becoming an invasive species in "eastern and mid-Western North America" states. The article also mentioned strands of them growing along roadsides, etc. in northeastern states.

Question: If the Bradford Pear tree is so bad why does everyone buy it?

Answer: Simply put it is a pretty tree bearing profuse blossoms in the spring and colored leaves in the fall. Sometimes people do not realize the problems when introducing new species until after the fact.

Think of kudzu brought here from parts of Asia and the Pacific islands where it originated. It is a fast growing invasive vine that is killing plants, shrubs and even trees because of the heavy shade that it creates. It is a real problem in parts of our country. Whoever first brought it here did not know of the damage it would cause to the environment.

Question: My Bradford tree is sending out saplings everywhere. In this way, it is very invasive. Is there any way to stop these saplings? Are they a sign that the tree is dying? Although it is healthy looking, I would not recommend planting one of these trees.

Answer: Other than digging out the saplings there is no way to prevent the Bradford Pear Tree from replicating itself. That is one of the problems with this tree along with its weak branches and relatively short life compared to other trees. It can be very invasive and can choke out native species in certain areas. You are correct with your recommendation about choosing different types of trees to plant.

Question: My beloved Bradford is thirty-one-years-old. It is May, and there are lots of dead leaves about. Is it dying? How can I tell?

Answer: You are lucky that your Bradford Pear tree has lived to that age. Many die anywhere from fifteen to twenty-five years of age as they are not long-lived trees. They have weak roots as well as branches that often break in wind storms. If the leaves on your tree are dying, you may wish to take a sharp knife and cut into the branch leading to the leaves. If you are unable to see any sign of life there (some green below the bark), you might wish to cut back that lifeless branch. Of course, if the entire tree is dying there is not much that can be done at this point to revive it.

Question: I have a 9-year-old pear tree which was never properly pruned. How should I go about pruning it?

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. If you do not care about them that much, I would suggest removing the worst looking of the trees right now.

As to saving some of them, pruning is absolutely necessary. I recommend watching the video at the bottom of this post.

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. Removing some branches from the center of the tree would also be beneficial, but if they are already large, it will not be as aesthetically pleasing as it would have been if the trees had been trimmed from the start. Good luck!

Question: We have a small Bradford pear tree, only a year old. Deer rubbed the middle of the tree this winter. The top is not growing, but the bottom of the tree have sprouts growing. Should we cut off the top or just leave it?

Answer: If you have read the pros and cons of growing a Bradford pear tree, I would suggest, given the state of your tree, just removing it and planting a heartier variety. 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.

Question: My Bradford Pear tree is still showing green leaves. Will the leaves eventually change color?

Answer: When the weather conditions are right, the leaves will start turning colors before completely shedding them for the winter.

Question: I live in Cedar Hill, Texas and the Bradford trees are blooming in red. Why? They have been doing that for 19 years and this is the time of year that they bloom.

Answer: I know of no Bradford pear trees that bloom in red. They all have white blossoms. There are a number of other trees in Texas that have red to pink blossoms or even red seed pods. Some of them include the Japanese apricot, red maple, southern crabapple, desert willow or even an Arapaho crape myrtle tree. I would suggest taking a blossom and leaf to a good nursery or agricultural center to get your tree identified. If there is a master gardener program in your area you might also check with them.

Question: Does the Bradford pear tree have clusters of small nut-like balls after they bloom?

Answer: Yes. That is the fruit of the Bradford pear tree. Eventually, those nut-like balls harden and dry out in the winter months. Birds eat them and the seeds get dispersed that way. In many places, the Bradford pear tree has become invasive displacing native trees and plants in open fields, etc. for that reason.

Question: What is the ministry value of a 30 ft Bradford pear?

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. It does not mention Bradford pear trees, but lists many other types of trees. It is the following: http:/www.treebenefits.com.

Question: Is it okay to plant Bradford pear trees close to field lines?

Answer: I guess that all depends upon your neighbors and what they desire at the edge of those field lines. Tree roots extend beyond the trunk of a tree as do the branches.

Question: We live in PA and have a Bradford pear tree. What are the little nut type objects that the tree produces and fall with the leaves before winter?

Answer: Bradford pear trees produce little berries that birds are fond of eating. A seed lies inside of those berries. What you are undoubtedly seeing is the dried fruit.

Question: Do Bradford trees do well in El Paso? It’s hot and windy here. 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.

Answer: Bradford pear trees are not the best trees to plant for many reasons. They can be invasive and are weak-limbed. I would suggest planting a heartier tree instead.

Question: Is it possible to keep the Bradford pears short so I can have a forest of trees?

Answer: I am not sure what you mean by keeping them short. Bradford pear trees are not particularly tall trees. Keep in mind that they are short-lived trees and have relatively weak branches.

Question: Why did my Bradford tree not lose its leaves this fall?

Answer: Here in Houston, many of the deciduous trees still have most of their leaves including the Bradford Pear. The massive shedding of leaves has not yet begun.

Climactic differences as to weather throughout the year makes an impact on what the leaf-shedding trees do each fall and into the winter season.

Question: Can you cut the saplings at the base of the Bradford pear tree and replant them?

Answer: Taking cuttings from any type of pear tree is possible. Look up "pear tree propagation" to learn how to proceed. However, after reading all of the problems caused by Bradford pear trees, I would not suggest doing that. They are now considered an invasive species that are killing out other good trees. Cross-pollination with regular pear trees is also a problem. Given their relatively short life and weak wood that is prone to breaking in windy weather, please consider planting another type of tree.

© 2010 Peggy Woods

Comments are most welcomed!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 26, 2019:

Hello Carla,

Unfortunately, Bradford Pear trees are short-lived and unless pruned properly, they are prone to losing branches. There is probably not much that can be done for your tree. If you read this entire article, and the comments, there are much better and longer-lived trees to take the place of your Bradford Pear tree.

carla on October 26, 2019:

hi, last winter my bradford pear lost some of its branches, and now it looks like its dieing, even though its just 10. Can i do anything to stop this?

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 29, 2019:

Hi Theresa,

It is natural for Bradford Pear trees to have their leaves turn colors as the season of fall approaches. Your one tree is probably leading the way and the others will soon follow. As long as the leaves are seemingly healthy and supple, I would not worry about it. I do not know where you live, but here in Houston, I am seeing some signs of fall. Most of our caladiums are already becoming dormant, etc.

Theresa Currier on September 28, 2019:

Hi. Thanks for your information. Hoping this is still an active thread. We have four Bradford Pear trees in our front yard. One has suddenly, it seemed like overnight, had all the leaves turn red. They are not dry, still very supple. I thought of Fire Blight, but the leaves are not dying or falling off. Thanks for any info you can provide. Theresa

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 21, 2018:

Hi Ethel,

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 would be lovely to go outside and be able to pick pears.

Ethel Smith from Kingston-Upon-Hull on September 20, 2018:

Beautiful trees and images thanks Peggy. These would grow far too large for our small garden. Will stick with our small pear tree but thanks for sharing

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 14, 2018:

Hi James Birt,

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. Pruning it somewhat might help delay the inevitable. Good luck!

James Birt from Augusta, Georgia on April 14, 2018:

Peggy Woods, thank you for your informative article about the Bradford Pear Tree. Maybe you can help me... One was given to me by a friend that I lost contact with, needless to say it has sentimental value as well as aesthetic vaule. It's about 15 years old with lush green leaves arriving in the early spring. It provides plentiful shade during the hot Georgia summers and has foliage from mid February to late December. What stuck out in your article were the words "weak wood" As it has grown, it's hard to ignore and miss that it does not do well in high wind. In fact, even a breezy day seems to be a exercise in futility. The problem is exacerbated if the high wind is accompanied with rain or if the tree is wet. Those weak branches move like acrobatics and I fear the point of no return and branch failure is quickly approaching. My dilemma: I don't want to lose the aesthetic appearance of the tree by heavy pruning as it has a unfair share of many branch issue, ESPECIALLY where the trunk separate's into two competing leaders. But what purpose would pruning accomplish if the tree is notoriously weak wooded..? A lose lose situation...

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 28, 2018:

Hi Bobby D,

Other people have pointed out some downsides regarding the planting of Bradford Pear Trees. We do not have any planted in our yard. Considering all the pros and cons I would not choose to plant one even if we had the room. Thanks for your comment.

Bobby D on March 27, 2018:

When you see those fields of white flowering trees, please don’t get giddy with excitement over pretty white flowers. What you are looking at are Callery pears destroying nature. Callery pears have 4 inch thorns. They can’t be mowed down. Those thorns will shred John Deere tractor tires. They can only be removed by steel tracked dozers, decreasing the value of agricultural or forest land to the tune of $3,000 per acre.

And, make no mistake about this. That solitary Bradford pear growing in your yard is what caused this problem. Your one tree has spawned hundreds of evil progeny. If you don’t believe that, just take a little ride, and notice all the white flowering trees blooming these days. The closer they are to “ornamental” Bradford pear trees, the thicker they are.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 10, 2018:

Hi Bobbee,

Just about every tree that blooms in the spring or produces pollen is bad for allergy sufferers. It is pretty bad right now in the Houston area.

Bobbee on March 09, 2018:

Horrible for allergy suffers!!

Peggy Woods on December 21, 2017:

Hi Jeff,

Thanks for your comment. Normally speaking we get a good amount of rain here in Houston so that does not seem to be a problem here in growing these types of trees. The pruning of them is more of an issue plus the fact of them being relatively short lived. But thanks for adding that bit of information. People really should consider all aspects of trees both pros and cons before planting them.

Jeff Burgener on December 20, 2017:

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. These trees take all the moisture and nutrients out of the ground. I have tried several combinations of yard fertilizers to "feed" the lawn with no success. These trees with roots running close the surface of the lawn will dehydrate a lawn and kill grass within a year or two. so if you don't live in a rain forest, I would advise not to plant or get ready for multi-hundred dollar water bills. I have spoke to several of my neighbors whom have recently planted this tree for it "beauty", they are now regretting planting this tree.

Peggy Woods on October 27, 2017:

Hi Patricia,

Dogwood blossoms are also beautiful. Nice that you got to enjoy them in your yard when you were young. There are quite a few Bradford Pear trees in our neighborhood. They offer just about the best fall colors as for trees in this area. Thanks for the wish of angels.

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. What an informative walk this was....if there are an abundance of these in your neighborhood it must be a lovely sight to behold. Once again Angels are winging their way to you ps

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 17, 2017:

Hi FlourishAnyway,

So nice to know that you saw this article about Bradford Pear Trees on Twitter. Thanks for letting me know.

FlourishAnyway from USA on July 16, 2017:

Saw this on Twitter. Beautiful trees and a wonderful article, Peggy. I wish I had the space for them in my yard.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 05, 2017:

Hi Shelly,

I would never plant one of these Bradford Pear Trees after learning about how vulnerable to branches breaking off and also their short lives. You and others are well versed it seems on their liabilities. Thanks for your comment.

Shelly on April 02, 2017:

Nuance plant - flawed hybrid product of 1950-60's (think jello salads). It is not native and very prone to large branches splitting /shearing when ~15 yo (and too large for ready removal). Avoid at all costs.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 09, 2016:

Hi JanQ,

I saw what happened with a tree next door to my mother's old home. It did split right down the middle in a storm. So they can be a hazard as you mentioned. Too bad they are so pretty. People would be less tempted to plant them. I did not realize that they could become invasive until reading your and another person's comments. Thanks!

JanQ on May 09, 2016:

Bradford Pears are TERRIBLE and DANGEROUS trees. Their branch structure is extremely dangerous and many of these trees literally split in half during storms and high winds. This causes them to be a huge liability for homeowners. They are also an invasive species in the Eastern and Midwest regions of the U.S. 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. Please do some research on this horrible tree before planting one! There are so many better and safer alternatives!!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 01, 2016:

Hi Debbie,

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. While they might have berries the fruits aren't edible for humans and are not good nutrition for birds. 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.

That is good information to know and I appreciate your input on this! Thanks!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 30, 2015:

Hi SweetiePie,

Nice that your parents can go out in their own yard and pick Bartlett pears from their tree or trees. The Bradford pear trees are merely decorative. When my parents lived in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas they always planted fruit trees in their backyard. Nice to be able to go out and pick oranges, grapefruit, lemons, limes, etc. The first home they had down there had a peach tree. That was also nice!

SweetiePie from Southern California, USA on October 30, 2015:

My parents have Bartlett pare trees, so your Bradford pares sound lovely. I have only ever tried Bartlet.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 14, 2015:

Hi Au fait,

You must live much further north than us. According to the weather forecast for Houston it will be Wednesday before any possible freezing temperatures are due. It was 76 degrees today and the second day that I have done extensive work in our yard. More to do...but looking good! :)

Thanks for the share about the Bradford Pear tree. Happy Valentines's Day today!

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. These are beautiful trees and as you point out, grow quickly. Helpful and informative article with great photos!

Happy Valentine's Day to you too! We're having a beautiful day weather-wise, but tomorrow it's back to the deep freeze and winter with sleet and ice and icy temps.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 20, 2013:

Hi Suzanne,

My mother-in-law used to have a Chinaberry tree in her backyard in San Antonio. Some trees are messier than others, but nice to know that there are different trees to suit just about anyone's taste. Some are heartier, some longer lived, etc. Thanks for your comment and votes on this article about the Bradford Pear trees.

justmesuzanne from Texas on May 17, 2013:

These are very pretty, semi-naturalized trees and they grow nicely here in TX. I like some of the older choices in naturalized trees that were around when I was a child: kataupa, persimmon, chinaberry, mulberry, hackberry, mimosa. Most people think of these as "trash trees" now, but I love them! :D Voted up and useful! :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 06, 2013:

Hi Indian Chef,

The Bradford Pear tree is indeed a beautiful tree especially in the Spring when it is laden with flowers and in the Fall when its leaves turn glorious Autumn colors. Compared to some trees, it is actually considered to be a small tree which is why people who live on smaller lots like to use it in their landscaping plans. Thanks for your comment, the 5 star rating and your share.

Indian Chef from New Delhi India on May 04, 2013:

Peggy, I have never seen this tree but it looks so beautiful. Very beautiful pictures and it is such a hugh tree yet it bears so beautiful flowers. Voting 5 stars and sharing here.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 26, 2013:

Hello Nyla,

Many of our neighbors have Bradford Pear Trees and we have walked by them often. I have never detected a fish smell. They are certainly beautiful trees especially in the Spring and Fall of the year. Thanks for your inquiry.

Nyla on March 26, 2013:

I've been told the Bradford pear tree smells like fish. Is that true?

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 18, 2013:

Hello again djsstuart,

Happy to respond. One thing that I love about HubPages is all the reader feedback. We can learn so much from one another. Thanks again!

djsstuart on January 18, 2013:

Peggy-Thanks you so much for so kindly responding-truly!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 17, 2013:

Hello djsstuart,

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. Thanks for informing me and others about the potential danger of it becoming an invasive species. Thanks for your comment.

djsstuart on January 17, 2013:

Hate to be a downer, but Bradford Pear trees are highly invasive and are displacing native trees and plants around the world. They are not nutritionally complete for birds and wildlife and are on every government removal list I know of-a junk tree. Most nurseries and even landscape architects, God bless them, know relatively nothing about invasives overall and continue to sell them. Please encourage folks not to plant these but to plant beautiful native redbuds, hawthorns, etc. Here's a link to just one of the credible invasive species list sites explaining this big problem: http://www.invasive.org/browse/subinfo.cfm?sub=109...

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 27, 2012:

Hi Rebecca,

Yes, despite the fact of the Bradford Pear trees being relatively short lived and in need of good pruning techniques...they are very popular around here also. They do put on such a pretty show in the Spring and the Fall of the year! Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 26, 2012:

Hi sgbrown,

The Bradford Pear trees are certainly pretty especially in the Spring and Fall of the year. You would know since you have so many of them in your backyard. Thanks for your comment and votes.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on December 26, 2012:

This is a great Hub about the Bradford pear tree. I have read some negative aspects about them, but they sure seem to be popular around here. They are everywhere.

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on December 26, 2012:

Bradford Pear trees are excellent trees for landscaping. We lined out backyard with them in our previous yard and they were just beautiful, spring and fall! Great information here on how to grow and take care of them. Voting this up and useful! :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 26, 2012:

Hi Au fait,

Hmmm...I have never noticed the smell of the Bradford Pear trees when in bloom. We walk by them in the neighborhood. Next Spring I will have to get close and give them a sniff to see if I detect that smell your daughter describes. Appreciate your votes and the share.

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. Two of them are directly outside my windows and balcony. They are beautiful in spring full of snowy white blossoms, they do require a lot of pruning, and they are gorgeous in fall with their multicolored leaves. What you left out is that when they are flowering they smell like dead fish. I usually don't smell it, but when my daughter visits she always points the smell out, so I guess my nose is immune . . . lucky me! ;)

Gorgeous photos! Voted up, and BAUI. Will share!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 14, 2011:

I just added photos of the Bradford Pear tree showing Fall colors. Pictures taken today, December 14th, in Houston, Texas.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 21, 2011:

Hello cidly24,

The Bradford Pear trees definitely have pretty flowers when in bloom. Thanks for the comment.

cidly24 from China on October 20, 2011:

how a beautiful flower!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 18, 2011:

Hello Les Trois Chenes,

You would definitely have noticed the bradford pear trees when in bloom. Perhaps they do not grow in your area? Thanks for leaving a comment.

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. Looks wonderful.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 05, 2011:

Hello Mrs. J.B.,

The Bradford Pear trees are just now starting to bloom in Houston. Soon these fast growing decorative trees will be ablaze with their snowy white blossoms everywhere. Glad to hear that you enjoyed these pictures and thanks for the comment.

Mrs. J. B. from Southern California on March 05, 2011:

What a beautiful tree. The flowers are so pretty. I really enjoyed this hub.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 22, 2010:

Hello Photography7777,

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. I had intended to get some pictures of them in the Fall but the time slipped past me this year. Maybe next year! Thanks for the comment.

Photography7777 from FL on December 21, 2010:

Wonderful hub. And the Pear tree is gorgeous!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 07, 2010:

Hello katrinasue,

Glad that you found this information about the Bradford Pear Tree helpful. I took the pictures last Spring when we were walking in our subdivision. Thanks for the comment.

katrinasui on December 07, 2010:

What a great hub about a beautiful tree. The pictures you have used in this hub are very beautiful. i learned alot from your hub.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 06, 2010:

Hi Sally's Trove,

Sometimes people are not well informed about things sold in local nurseries and have to learn through trial and error. Professional landscapers SHOULD know what they are doing however. 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. We will simply enjoy the beauty of these Bradford Pear trees where we see them in other landscapes. They ARE beautiful! Thanks for your comment.

Sherri from Southeastern Pennsylvania on November 06, 2010:

You did a fabulous job explaining the pros and cons of growing the Bradford pear tree. 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.

They are gorgeous, in every way you described. But they are short-lived, especially without judicious pruning. Oak trees they are not, in terms of longevity.

Their quick growth and outstanding beauty from spring through fall make them favorite trees to accompany McManses in new developments here. After ten or fifteen years, McManse owners are suing developers for the failure of these trees and the cost to cut them down and replace them.

Your Hub is a reality check on what you are in for with the Bradford pear. Well done!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 03, 2010:

Hi stephanie mclain,

Happy to hear that you not only liked the pictures of the bradford pear trees but also found the information useful. Thanks for the comment.

Stephanie from Texas on November 03, 2010:

What a beautiful hub! I loved the pictures you included and I learned a lot too! :) Good job!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 31, 2010:

Hi Billy,

That's nice! Guess you do not lack a source on pecans! We get ours at Costco. When my parents lived in McAllen decades ago we always used to purchase huge bags of already shelled pecans in Reynosa, Mexico for a small price. 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. That was always a big treat!

billyaustindillon on October 30, 2010:

Peggy you are so right about the budding Pecans what I have done is pot hem once they have a decent root and give them away - a friend has a ranch perfect for that.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 30, 2010:

Hi Celesta,

Take a look at that same Bradford Pear tree this Fall when the leaves turn colors. I'll try and take a picture of one and add it to this hub this Fall. They are gorgeous both times of year in this climate. Thanks for your comment!

Celesta on October 30, 2010:

This is a beautiful tree. I have seen one in my subdivision. I never knew it was a Bradford Pear Tree.

It look so much like a Dogwood tree, however, I knew that was not true because this is not a zoning area for Dogwood trees. Thanks for sharing. Good hub.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 30, 2010:

Hi Billy,

Well...you will just have to get out there ahead of your lawn man each week! Ha! Not much can be done about the squirrels. Those little buggers are good at planting pecans and forgetting them. We were constantly digging out sprouting pecan trees at our former home because our neighbor had a pecan tree. We did not have room in our landscape to let one actually grow.

billyaustindillon on October 30, 2010:

Peggy the squirrels get a lot and the lawn man seems to collect his fair share when we are not around :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 30, 2010:

Hello lyjo,

Bradford Pear trees are truly lovely in a landscape and I do really like living in the South. However, I also miss things about living in the North such as the spectacular Fall and Winter landscapes. We get a tinge of Fall colored leaves down here and the Bradford Pear is one of the more spectacular ones. Glad that you liked these pictures of the Bradford Pear tree. Where do you live?

lyjo on October 30, 2010:

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!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 29, 2010:

Hahaha! I can laugh now and do about that episode. You were showing concern about our classmates. What about poor us? Haha!

Candie V from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure! on October 29, 2010:

I did. I'm a little queasy just thinking of your poor classmates.. I'm sorry.. you and your siblings. *sniff sniff*.. nasal passages clearing out nicely!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 29, 2010:

Hi Candie V,

I appreciate the kudos on the pictures of the Bradford Pear Trees and how they are used in landscapes. Hint...go read the skunk hub. You'll soon know why... :-)

Candie V from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure! on October 29, 2010:

Yeah! A comment box! Ok.. so I can't plant one at my apartment complex.. shame! Love the Bradford Pear Trees! You always take such beautiful pictures! You should design a series of calendars!! Thanks Peggy!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 29, 2010:

Hi Hello, hello,

Nice to hear that you enjoyed these pictures of the Bradford Pear tree. It certainly is decorative in a landscape! Thanks for the comment.

Hello, hello, from London, UK on October 29, 2010:

A lovely hub about a beautiful tree. Thank you for showing these wonderful photos.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 28, 2010:

Hi Billy,

Nice to know that you enjoy my gardening hubs including this one on the Bradford Pear tree. Are you able to collect pecans from your trees or do the squirrels get them all?

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 28, 2010:

Hello Prasetio,

As to a good heart, I think that you have that CAPITALIZED dear friend from across the world. So happy that you enjoyed this hub about the Bradford Pear trees and their use in landscape design. Thanks as always for your complimentary comments.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 28, 2010:

Hello Om Paramapoonya,

Glad you enjoyed this hub about the Bradford Pear trees. As to that first picture, I agree that it is beautiful and it seems to be opened up in the middle with proper pruning so hopefully will grace that landscape for many years. Thanks for the visit and comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 28, 2010:

Hi Cheryl,

The Bradford Pear Trees really are beautiful decorative trees. Thanks for the comment.

billyaustindillon on October 28, 2010:

Peggy beautiful hub - the Bradford pear has lovely flowers - a lot prettier than our pecan trees - I always enjoy your gardening hubs.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on October 28, 2010:

Good morning, Peggy. I learn much from you. I love landscape design and I found something new from you. You have made special hub this time. I really enjoy your report. Very stunning pictures and video. Good work ,my friend. Beauty come from pure heart and you make this hub so beautiful. I give my VOTE special for you.

Blessing and hugs,

Om Paramapoonya on October 28, 2010:

Great hub as usual. You're very good at capturing the beauty of Mother Nature. I love all the pics in this hub, especially the first one; there's something quaintly romantic about it. :)

Cheryl on October 28, 2010:

I can fall in love with this attractive and beautiful tree. It has perfect shaped white flowers. Thanks for the lovely photos and the information on pruning and caring for this beautiful tree.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 28, 2010:

Hi dahoglund,

Whoops! One thing that I guess I neglected to mention is that this Bradford Pear tree is merely decorative. The small fruits are only good for foraging birds. These are not the pears one finds in grocery stores for human consumption.

I had a HUGE garden while living in Wisconsin Rapids. Might just do a hub about it! That was part of the fun of living up there for me.

Don A. Hoglund from Wisconsin Rapids on October 28, 2010:

Voted up.I don't think I have ever seen a pear tree. The pictures look very attractive. I wouldn't have room in my yard and I haven't even managed to grow tomatoes in the garden. However, it is nice to know o such things.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 28, 2010:

Hello D.A.L.,

Thanks for your comment on this hub about the Bradford Pear Tree. I just discovered from another hubber who was commenting on my Crepe-Myrtle hub that I had forgotten to leave a comment box here. Glad you liked these pictures.

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. Your photographs are delightful as ever. Rated up and beautiful.