Information About Bradford Pear Trees (With Pictures)

Updated on August 16, 2017
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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 Bradford Pear Tree blossoms
Close-up of Bradford Pear Tree blossoms | Source

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 attributes of being fast growing as well as decorative specimens. The pictures taken by me show what they look like in the Spring of the year in Houston, Texas.

The white blossom laden branches which envelop these Bradford Pears prior to any leaves being unfurled remind me of snow covered trees that are commonly seen in northern climates.

While we typically do not experience snow in Houston the white and showy blossoms return me in memory to the days of my youth when I spent the first 13 years of life in the countryside of Wisconsin. 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 ones that were 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 Tree 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 of the year 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 vibrant tinged leaves and becoming dormant for the winter months.

Neighborhood Bradford Pear Tree in all its Spring Glory
Neighborhood Bradford Pear Tree in all its Spring Glory | Source

Fast Growing Specimens

In the western region of Houston where we now live much of this land used to be dedicated to growing rice and there are still 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 harvesting the rice.

As subdivisions were developed and started swallowing up those rice fields, the new dwellings would all have been mostly devoid of any shade trees and 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 deep blue clear sky
Bradford Pear blossoms against a deep blue clear sky | Source

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 5 years, it also had the ornamental effect already described.

Added to those attributes it is not an overly large specimen thereby being suited to smaller city lots. Growing to an average height of around 50 feet with perhaps around 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 nice sized for city lots.
Bradford Pear trees are nice sized for city lots. | Source

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 the Bradford Pear 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.

When large branches come crashing down disfiguring the tree and hopefully hurting nothing or no-one underneath that sudden event, people who did not know or otherwise ignored how these trees should be pruned have to decide what next to do. Keep the tree? Start pruning it hoping to save it, or should they bear the work and/or expense of removing it?

Bradford Pear Tree Blossoms
Bradford Pear Tree Blossoms | Source

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 Bradford Pear 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. | Source

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.

Close-up of Bradford Pear Tree blossoms

Notice the bee amidst the blossoms?
Notice the bee amidst the blossoms? | Source

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?

Dazzling Fall Colors

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Bradford Pear tree in the fall
Bradford Pear tree in the fall | Source
Bradford pear tree in the Fall
Bradford pear tree in the Fall | Source
Bradford Pear tree showing Fall colors
Bradford Pear tree showing Fall colors | Source

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Questions & Answers

  • 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.

    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.

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

    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.

  • Do Bradford pear trees grow in Maryland?

    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.

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    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      4 months ago from Houston, Texas

      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!

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      James Birt 

      4 months ago from Augusta, Georgia

      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...

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      Peggy Woods 

      4 months ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      Bobby D 

      4 months ago

      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.

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 months ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      Bobbee 

      5 months ago

      Horrible for allergy suffers!!

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 months ago

      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.

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      Jeff Burgener 

      7 months ago

      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.

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      Peggy Woods 

      9 months ago

      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.

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      Patricia Scott 

      9 months ago from sunny Florida

      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

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      Peggy Woods 

      13 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi FlourishAnyway,

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

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      FlourishAnyway 

      13 months ago from USA

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

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      Peggy Woods 

      16 months ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      Shelly 

      16 months ago

      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.

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      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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!

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      JanQ 

      2 years ago

      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!!

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      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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!

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      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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!

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      SweetiePie 

      2 years ago from Southern California, USA

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

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      Peggy Woods 

      3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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!

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      C E Clark 

      3 years ago from North Texas

      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.

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      justmesuzanne 

      5 years ago from Texas

      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! :)

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      Indian Chef 

      5 years ago from New Delhi India

      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.

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      Nyla 

      5 years ago

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

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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!

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      djsstuart 

      5 years ago

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

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      djsstuart 

      5 years ago

      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...

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      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.

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      Sheila Brown 

      5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      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! :)

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      C E Clark 

      5 years ago from North Texas

      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!

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

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

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello cidly24,

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

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      cidly24 

      6 years ago from China

      how a beautiful flower!

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      Les Trois Chenes 

      7 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France

      Despite having worked as a landscape architect in Bradford (UK), I've never heard of this tree. Looks wonderful.

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      Mrs. J. B. 

      7 years ago from Southern California

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

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      Photography7777 

      7 years ago from FL

      Wonderful hub. And the Pear tree is gorgeous!

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      katrinasui 

      7 years ago

      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.

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      Sherri 

      7 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      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!

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      Stephanie 

      7 years ago from Texas

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

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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!

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      billyaustindillon 

      7 years ago

      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.

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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!

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      Celesta 

      7 years ago

      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.

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      billyaustindillon 

      7 years ago

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

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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?

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      lyjo 

      7 years ago

      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!

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

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

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      Candie V 

      7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      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!

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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... :-)

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      Candie V 

      7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      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!

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      Hello, hello, 

      7 years ago from London, UK

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

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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?

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Cheryl,

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

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      billyaustindillon 

      7 years ago

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

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      prasetio30 

      7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      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,

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      Om Paramapoonya 

      7 years ago

      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. :)

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      Cheryl 

      7 years ago

      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.

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      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.

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      Dave 

      7 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      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.

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