I used to have a Bradford pear tree at a house I owned in Tennessee. The flowers were beautiful but I considered the tree a useless waste of space because it didn’t produce edible fruit.
Then I was sent this and I find the story on Bradford pears gets worse:
“All those white blooming trees you see everywhere… do you think they are pretty? If you knew what they actually represent, you would choke on your morning coffee and gag on your scrambled eggs. All those white blooming trees you see now are an environmental disaster happening right before your very eyes.
I’m talking about every white blooming tree right now, with only the exception of wild plums, which is a short multi-flora tree that seldom reaches over eight feet in height. All the other white flowering trees in today’s environment are an ecological nightmare, getting worse and worse every year and obliterating our wonderful native trees from the rural landscape.
If it’s blooming white right now, it’s a curse. This dictum especially applies to that “charming” Bradford pear your dimwitted landscaper planted in the middle of your front yard. Indeed, lack of smarts is what has led to this disaster. Bradford pear is worse than kudzu, and the ill-conceived progeny of Bradford pear will be cursing our environment for decades or possibly centuries yet to come.
The good thing is that if you have a Bradford pear tree, it accepts grafts from better pears. Cut it down, then when shoots grow back from the stump, graft good pears onto them!
The blooms on fruiting pear trees are just as beautiful as Bradford pear blooms – and they’re followed by fruit. Using the root system of an existing Bradford pear will give the scions you add a great advance on production.