Why Are Bradford Pear Trees So Bad They’ve Been Banned?

A row of blooming Bradford or Callery pear trees

Have you heard? Bradford pear trees are now banned in Ohio. Residents of this state can no longer purchase, sell, or plant these ornamental trees as of January 1st, 2023. Many states are following suit with their own Bradford pear tree ban. Will your state be next? Bradford Pear Tree Problems Native to Asia, Bradford pears (Pyrus calleryana) were introduced into the U.S. in the early 20th century and became popular as ornamentals. At the time, it was not well known that these fast growing trees were prone to breakage in wind, ice, and rainstorms. To prevent this from happening, annual pruning to keep the canopy strong became a necessity. Additionally, these trees frequently grow quite large and are relatively short lived, with most having a lifespan of less than 25 years. Yet, Bradford pear trees have a distinctive problem that many homeowners soon discovered. Each spring, Bradford pears burst […]

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