He said the Bradford pear tree became popular in East Tennessee 15 to 20 years ago. It was discovered in 1858 by Joseph Callery, a French missionary working in China. If half a tree landing on your car’s hood is not insulting enough, Bradford pears also spawn invasive offspring that are covering open pastures and roadside shoulders by the mile. The Bradford Pear has become a popular ornamental tree in Indiana due to its beautiful, yet stinky blossoms. The parent species of Callery Pear. Bradford pears are not native to the U.S. and have been widely planted in the Upstate for years. It is a deciduous tree that can grow up to 60 ft. (18 m) in height and 2 ft. (0.6 m) in diameter. Alternatives. The tree is a fast grower, and when watered and fed well in its early years, will grow very quickly, reaching a height of 12 to 15 feet in just five years. Many say the tree that's now blooming is, in fact, the worst tree in the world. The Bradford Pear Tree originated in China and were introduced in 1964 by the US Department of Agriculture as an ornamental tree. Do not plant Callery or Bradford pear. Besides their fishy odor, Bradford Pear trees are fast growing and disease resistant, which causes them to overpower native plants and take over landscapes. The invasiveness of 'Bradford' pears has become so bad that a county in Kentucky is offering a free alternative tree to anyone who cuts down a 'Bradford' in their yard. Then it turned invasive. If your Bradford pear tree has reached a good height, then it is high time that you should prune the tree. Managing Bradford pear. In spring, the non-native tree, originally from Asia, produces gorgeous white flowers, and in the fall, vibrantly coloured leaves. Bradford Pear Tree Facts The Bradford pear tree, with its wide, rounded branching, is actually as the name suggests, 'pear shaped'. The Bradford Pear is a selected form of the Callery Pear, Pyrus calleryana, a tree native to parts of China, Taiwan, Korea, Vietnam, and Japan. A Bradford pear tree showcases a full range of fall color on Baker Avenue in Webster Groves, as a woman arrives for work before sunrise at Webster Dental Care on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. Wildlife love the fruits of the Bradford or Callery pear and an abundance of trees are spread via birds and squirrels, appearing seemingly out of nowhere overnight. They are white, with five petals, and about 0.79 to 1.2 inches in diameter. Even worse, Bradford pear trees directly contribute to one of the worst invasive plant species in the Southeast – the callery pear. But in the 2000s, as other P. calleryana cultivars became more popular and as more wild callery pears began to grow on the landscape, all the flowering P. calleryana pear trees began to cross pollinate and produce abundant amounts of fruit that were spread by birds. This tree greedily invades natural habitats and out-competes our valuable native species for resources. The good news is that there are several beautiful trees you can plant instead, such as the apricot tree, crape myrtles, fringe tree, serviceberry, dogwood, and tupelo trees. Bradford pear is a cultivar of Pyrus calleryana. “Do not plant” is the official advice regarding this invasive. The Bradford Pear, Pyrus calleryana ‘Bradford’, is a cultivated variety of the Callery Pear, which is reported to be a native of China. Beautiful in color and form, the Bradford pear tree is native to Asia. * Chickasaw Plum (Prunus angustofolia): There is some debate about just how native this tree is, but it can be found thriving in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Foliage The leaves are alternate, simple, 2-3 in. 'Bradford' pear trees are the trees people love to hate. They are bound to fail you in a strong storm, or any storm for that matter. Notorious for their funky-smelling flowers, these blooming trees are a sign of spring in many places—but that's not to say they're welcomed with smiling faces. Bradford has a poor crown structure and is prone to break up. This native tree grows well in shade or in sun. See more ideas about flowering pear tree, pear trees, flowering trees. Do not plant Callery or Bradford pear. The South Carolina Forestry Commission has cautioned against planting the trees: “Do not plant Callery or Bradford pear. This tree’s life expectancy is about 12-15 years, 20 years under perfect conditions. Instead, plant native alternatives, such as serviceberry, fringe tree, tupelo, or dogwood among many others. Of the Bradford Pear substitutes discussed, it comes closest to the mature size of a Bradford. This tree was planted in abundance due to its ability to withstand many types of soil conditions, its maroon fall color, rapid growth rate and abundance of white flowers in spring. "People went bonkers," in a good way, The New York Times noted. Shows a method of pruning a bradford pear with reasoning. With an overall life-span of only 15-20 years, this tree (and its blossoms) are short-lived, and don’t provide the lasting benefits for wildlife like native trees do. These species not only challenge Callery pear in springtime beauty and/or fall color, but they also support the local ecosystem by providing food to wildlife that have coevolved with the trees over millennia. Once loved as a mid-size tree that kept a rounded shape and wowed with early spring flowers, the Bradford pear has proven to be susceptible to splitting into matchsticks and wreaking havoc. According to a release from the commission, "Do not plant Callery or Bradford pear. While the blossoms are pretty, they have a pungent odor and the trees often break during storms. Flower Bradford Pear (Callery pear) is a species of pear tree native to China. 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