Pyrus calleryana 'Bradford'
Here are some pros and cons of the Bradford Pear.
Pros - The Bradford Pear, Pyrus calleryana 'Bradford,' is one of the most popular trees in America. The Bradford pear treats us with a continuous parade of spectacular color throughout the growing season. Starting in the early spring with a mass of delicate snowy white blossoms, the Bradford Pear then brings us the spring and summer glossy dark green foliage. The fall brings a change from glossy dark green to an attractive vibrant wine red color foliage. The Bradford Pear is a pyramidal tree with vertical branching and rapid growth.
Cons - Although the Bradford Pear is a beautiful tree, it is not the pinnacle for urban planning. It has severe splitting occurrences in the branching due to the rather tight crotches and brittle wood the Bradford is made from. Wind and ice storms play hell with the Bradford. In fact, any storm can and, in most cases, will destroy a Bradford pear. The root stock of the Bradford pear is a nightmare in and of itself. Due to the fact of the thorns it produces, 'watersprouts' or 'suckers' can grow from the rootstock at its base. This growth from the rootstock often posses real danger to the tires of vehicles, lawn equipment, your children, etc. There is even a nasty rumor that the 'watersprouts' and 'suckers' of the root system can cause babies to be born naked. Due to these and several other negative aspects, Boyd Nursery Company does not advise owning a Bradford pear.
If for any reason you feel the need to purchase any Bradford pears at wholesale quantities, Boyd Nursery Company will provide Bradford pear if you desperately need them. Please call or email for price quotes with the quantity and size of the trees you are looking for.
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