We get ours at Costco. Glad to hear that you enjoyed these pictures and thanks for the comment. Flowers have 5 petals, are white, showy, foetid, and less than an inch in size. Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 29, 2010: Hahaha! The Bradford pear's origin In the beginning, the Callery Pear was a savior. Nuance plant - flawed hybrid product of 1950-60's (think jello salads). Sherri from Southeastern Pennsylvania on November 06, 2010: You did a fabulous job explaining the pros and cons of growing the Bradford pear tree. Question: My beloved Bradford is thirty-one-years-old. 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. In the summer, the top of the leaf is a shiny green while the bottom side is a dull green in the fall, the leaves turn reddish purple. Keep reading to learn more about getting a Bradford pear to bloom. Has masses of white flowers in Spring. Inflorescence is corymbose, 2", and borne on spurs. Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on October 27, 2017: Beautiful blossoms...they remind me of Dogwood blossoms which we had in our yard when I was a youth in Virginia. It will require more water in the heat of August so pay attention to its water requirements. The initial infection causes purple red spots on the leaves. Stephanie from Texas on November 03, 2010: What a beautiful hub! Autumn colours are reds, oranges, purples and yellows. In addition, it is not an overly large specimen, which makes it more suitable for smaller city lots. Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 06, 2010: Sometimes people are not well informed about things sold in local nurseries and have to learn through trial and error. Small, inedible russet colored orbicular pomes (1/2" in diameter) which are of little practical value or ornamental use and have a brown pit. One day when driving over there, I noticed several huge branches had fallen to the ground. This tree is mildly resistant to damage by deer. Thanks for your comment, the 5 star rating and your share. Nice that you got to enjoy them in your yard when you were young. Cooperative Extension, which staffs local offices in all 100 counties and with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Ulmus canescens. They have weak roots as well as branches that often break in wind storms. Question: My Bradford tree is sending out saplings everywhere. Les Trois Chenes from Videix, Limousin, South West France on March 18, 2011: Despite having worked as a landscape architect in Bradford (UK), I've never heard of this tree. B. from Southern California on March 05, 2011: What a beautiful tree. Looks wonderful. Hmmm...I have never noticed the smell of the Bradford Pear trees when in bloom. They are gorgeous, in every way you described. Don A. Hoglund from Wisconsin Rapids on October 28, 2010: Voted up.I don't think I have ever seen a pear tree. Callery pears have 4 inch thorns. Answer: Bradford Pear Trees are not ones that live a long time so you probably won't have them that much longer no matter what you do. It is pretty bad right now in the Houston area. Thanks for the lovely photos and the information on pruning and caring for this beautiful tree. How can I tell? Each tree developed fireblight, thus the conclusion was that 'Bradford' was not resistant. Pyrus calleryana, or the Callery pear, is a species of pear tree native to China and Vietnam, in the family Rosaceae. There are a number of other trees in Texas that have red to pink blossoms or even red seed pods. Crataegus mollis. Thanks for your comment. The Bradford Pear Tree originated in China and were introduced in 1964 by the US Department of Agriculture as an ornamental tree. I took the pictures last Spring when we were walking in our subdivision. in northeastern states. Oak trees they are not, in terms of longevity. Your one tree has spawned hundreds of evil progeny. It is not native and very prone to large branches splitting /shearing when ~15 yo (and too large for ready removal). Glad that you liked these pictures of the Bradford Pear tree. Great hub as usual. Leaves are suborbicular as L/W ratio is nearly 1. Its rapid growth, dense foliage, and profusion of flowers made it a highly desirable tree for landscapes and it was planted widely. . That is good information to know and I appreciate your input on this! That happened to what was a beautiful specimen in the front yard next to what used to be my mother's house. Pruning it somewhat might help delay the inevitable. Thanks again! One thing that I love about HubPages is all the reader feedback. 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 rice farming. I'm sorry.. you and your siblings. Answer: Yes. These are beautiful trees and as you point out, grow quickly. Thanks for any info you can provide. If you are unable to see any sign of life there (some green below the bark), you might wish to cut back that lifeless branch. There are so many better and safer alternatives!! However, I also miss things about living in the North such as the spectacular Fall and Winter landscapes. Thanks! As subdivisions were developed and started swallowing up those rice fields, the new dwellings would all have been mostly devoid of any shade trees. 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 decorative as well as fast-growing attributes. I learned much from him. Those weak branches move like acrobatics and I fear the point of no return and branch failure is quickly approaching. Birds eat them and the seeds get dispersed that way. Professional landscapers SHOULD know what they are doing however. C E Clark from North Texas on February 14, 2015: 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. Thanks for your comment and votes on this article about the Bradford Pear trees. It can be very invasive and can choke out native species in certain areas. Both are an ideal size for small to medium yards. This year it has very sparse leaves. Please encourage folks not to plant these but to plant beautiful native redbuds, hawthorns, etc. Thanks for the comment. Appreciate your votes and the share. Acer monspessulanum. These trees take all the moisture and nutrients out of the ground. Question: Does the Bradford pear tree have clusters of small nut-like balls after they bloom? They have been doing that for 19 years and this is the time of year that they bloom. What a great hub about a beautiful tree. 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. It is a very common landscape plant, used frequently because of its rapid growth rate and tolerance to a variety of urban conditions, including drought, air pollution, and heat. Question: Can you cut the saplings at the base of the Bradford pear tree and replant them? Dave from Lancashire north west England on October 28, 2010: PeggyW, what another informative hub you have produced, from which I will gain much information. It was a favorite of landscapers and municipal planners alike. To this day I enjoy puttering around in our garden, growing plants for beauty and food. Bradford Pears burst on the landscape scene hyped as the perfect fast-growing ornamental flowering pear, great for home or commercial landscape use. I like some of the older choices in naturalized trees that were around when I was a child: kataupa, persimmon, chinaberry, mulberry, hackberry, mimosa. According to the weather forecast for Houston it will be Wednesday before any possible freezing temperatures are due. It is a fast growing invasive vine that is killing plants, shrubs and even trees because of the heavy shade that it creates. However, all 6 trees existing on the campus at that time were misidentified callery pears, not a 'Bradford' cultivar. 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 the comment. The Bradford pear trees are merely decorative. 'Aristocrat' - This oval-pyramidal cultivar is preferable to 'Bradford', as its limbs feature a wider branching angle that makes the tree less likely to split. Ethel Smith from Kingston-Upon-Hull on September 20, 2018: Beautiful trees and images thanks Peggy. Those little buggers are good at planting pecans and forgetting them. hi, last winter my bradford pear lost some of its branches, and now it looks like its dieing, even though its just 10. Bradford Pear with sparse leaves. Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 05, 2017: I would never plant one of these Bradford Pear Trees after learning about how vulnerable to branches breaking off and also their short lives. Beautiful trees and a wonderful article, Peggy. This variety of pear tree is an early bloomer, with a mass of flowers arriving at the beginning of spring. There are no "shepherd's crook" shaped branches or visible cankers to indicate fire blight. When my parents lived in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas they always planted fruit trees in their backyard. Why? It is May, and there are lots of dead leaves about. Bradford Pear leaves are oval to heart-shaped 2 to 3 inches long and wide with small teeth around the edges, which means it resembles the shape of a saw blade. Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 30, 2015: Nice that your parents can go out in their own yard and pick Bartlett pears from their tree or trees. However, after reading all of the problems caused by Bradford pear trees, I would not suggest doing that. They can be invasive and are weak-limbed. 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. Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 07, 2010: Glad that you found this information about the Bradford Pear Tree helpful. lucky me! 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