Bradford Pear Newsletter
The Demise of Bradford Pears
Every spring we get suckered in. Bradford pears are indeed beautiful. The spring flower display and fragrance is delightful. Then we get impressed again in the fall when the autumn color does its performance. It’s the time in between when the problems show their ugly faces.These ornamental pears have a built in weaknesses. They are susceptible to root diseases, especially when planted too deep in the ground and fertilized with synthetic fertilizers.
The fall color is usually good, sometimes great. The problem is that the tree has some very serious built in problems. Here’s the basic information about this. At the end I will tell you the only way it should be used.
Bradford Pear Fall Color
PEAR, BRADFORD Deciduous – Sun
NOTES: ‘Aristocrat’ is a cultivar that has a more open branching structure and long, drooping leaves. 'Capital’ is a good narrow growing cultivar. Callery pear, the mother plant of these cultivars, is a better choice but very hard to find in the nursery industry. It has some thorns but they aren’t a big negative to me.
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