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post #16 of 22 Old 03-27-2016, 01:04 PM
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Re: Dogwood vs. Bradford Pear Trees

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post #17 of 22 Old 07-04-2016, 10:21 AM
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Re: Dogwood vs. Bradford Pear Trees

Walt is right. They break branches very easily and are considered to be an ecological disaster for what they spread.
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When left unchecked the bradford will spread quickly. They a grafted tree and the root ball they are placed with whose name escapes me at the moment is a thorny type. They spread via root and once they reach maturaty they will seed out. They are fragile and do not smell pleasant.

There is a field about 75x75 yards next to a subdivision Ive been landscaping in the past three years full of bradfords and they grow and spread quickly. Ive been wanting to take a Brown Tree Cutter in the patch and make a maze so bad out of that patch before wiping them all out.
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Bradford pear = giant invasive weed

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Re: Dogwood vs. Bradford Pear Trees

add mulberry trees to the list of not to let grow wild

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Dad lives near Greenville, SC next to a tree farm that grows Bradfords. He was excited to have them coming up on his property from seed planted by birds eating the pears.

All the trees have the thorns on them and he cuts them down as they begin to come up.

Here's an article about them being a scourge from a newspaper in Greenville.

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Re: Dogwood vs. Bradford Pear Trees

We have two Cleveland Select trees next to our sun room I planted ten years ago. They are similar to the Bradford Pear. They bloom with white flowers second week of March every year, Then the flowers fall off and shiny green leaves come out. There's like a seed the half the size of an acorn on them. Birds and squirrels eat it. They keep their leaves until late December before falling off. The leaves turn orange. Our sun room use to get hot in the summer months. These two trees are 30 feet tall and provide shade. The sun room is much cooler now.

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