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Callery 'Bradford' Pear

Callery 'Bradford' Pear

Common Name: Callery 'Bradford' Pear, Callery Pear

Scientific Name: Pyrus calleryana

Identification: Callery 'Bradford' Pear is a deciduous tree that may reach 60 feet in height and 20 to 30 feet wide.  The tree has alternate, simple, ovate leaves approximately 3 inches long and 2 inches wide.  The bark is usually light gray.  Clusters of white flowers appear before leaves in April to May.  Round, small, olive-brown fruits appear from May to July.

Ecology: Callery 'Bradford' Pear originates from China and is widely used to landscape residential developments.  However, this invasive tree is aggressive and will invade disturbed areas and displace native plant communities.  Bradford Pear spreads by animal-dispersed seeds.

Plant Control:As trees mature and start exhibiting splitting and other problems, consider replacing them in the home landscape. Cut down large trees with a chainsaw and treat outer two inches of cut surface of stump with undiluted glyphosate concentrate (53.8% is preferable). Large saplings can be treated in a similar fashion, taking care to treat the entire cut surface. 
Alternative Native Species: American Plum (Prunus americana), Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida), Fringetree (Chionanthus virginicus), Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis), Hawthorn (Crataegus spp.), Downy Serviceberry (Amelanchier arborea)

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