Still Standing -My Bradford Pear Tree

For years now I have complained about our Bradford Pear Trees. In my mind they are one of the most problematic trees ever planted in the landscape. I despise Bradford Pear trees. There are so many reasons why Bradford pear trees are terrible for planting that I constantly wonder WHY were these things ever released to the public for purchase. I removed one of our Bradford pear trees a couple years ago but still have one remaining. This particular one seems to want to taunt me by standing tall against all manner of weather. In reality it really isn't some sort of super mutant Bradford pear tree. It's just in a lucky location where the wind it receives isn't usually as severe as other spots. My kids love this tree so until I have some damage that necessitates its removal I couldn't remove it without disappointing 3 out of 4…

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Splitting Pears (Evidence of Why Bradford Pear Trees Are Junk Trees That Should Not Be Planted)

It's taken a few years before my premonitions came to fruition. It's not that I wanted it to happen I just expected it.  It was inevitable and couldn't be avoided.  The 'Bradford' Pear tree in my front yard split. No storm brought damaging high winds that would wreak havoc among many species of trees. There were no diseases making the tree weak. It was the structure of the tree itself. It was genetically predisposed to split eventually.  Trees like this should not be planted in the landscape yet the builder of our neighborhood put two in every yard.  It's a poor choice to plant but economical for someone wanting a cheap tree that looks impressive for a few years.   Bradford pears look impressive in the spring when their flowers cover the tree.  There isn't a single square inch of canopy uncovered by blossoms. Of course that does lead to…

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