So You Want to Plant a Bradford Pear

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Don't do it.  Bradford Pear trees were trucked in to nearly every clear-cut new subdivision about 15 years ago because everyone loved their white early spring blossoms.  Big mistake.  It turns out mature Bradford Pear trees split easily because of the stress and weight of their heavy branches.  




Luckily, The Dollhouse has been spared. 

Seriously, go for the Dogwood.

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15 comments:

Splendid Sass said...

I am sure the people that own the homeI owned 15 years ago are happy, because I planted two. That was before I realized the blooms smell horrible, and now I learn this. WHOA!
Thank you for sharing, Kim.
Teresa
xoxo

Cris angsten said...

I've been told if the tree is pruned right, they don't split. However, the trimmer that told me this didn't elaborate so I could pass this valuable information to others! And they do stink! I opened my car windows one Spring morning while passing a grove of them, inhaled deep... Only to smell ... Fungus? Phew!

Haus and Home said...

Oh no sorry that happened! What a bummer. Unfortunately we have a few tall pines near us. Uggh.

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

Oh no, I'm sure that was a scary surprise! We have one in our yard too and have been meaning to take it down for forever. I guess I should move that up the list!

amber wallace said...

I'm sorry! I am so glad you and your house are safe and sound.

My Interior Life said...

OMG! I am so sorry. So glad the dollhouse was spared! Coincidentally, our house that was built 15 years ago (not kidding) had a big ole smelly Bradford pear in front of it until we finally got around to having it cut down a couple of weeks ago (for the very reason you illustrated). Now, we can actually see the front of our house and don't have the threat of a broken tree. Crazy!!

Brooke @ Inside-Out Design said...

Oh no!! Glad it didn't hit the dollhouse. That's scary!!

Nancy said...

Oh Ive had this problem numerous times! They say there's a stronger more resistant Bradford pear variety out there, but I haven't seen it. Im tired of cleaning up the mess after a storm. We cut it off at the base one year, and it is back big as life now. I should keep trimming it to just one trunk!
Nancy
Powellbrowerhome.com

teaorwine said...

Agreed. I lost one for the very same reason a bit back. Avoid. Builders love to put them in as they grow quickly, but simply do not last.

best,
teaorwine

Taylor Greenwalt said...

Thank goodness the doll house is OK and it didn't hurt anyone. I am glad I don't have one..

Jessica {The Aestate} said...

Whoa. Glad your house was spared! Note to self to never plant one of these...

The Aestate

Kerry @ Design du Monde said...

Wow! Glad your house was spared.

Carrie @ Hazardous Design said...

Yikes! We had two at our old house. Glad we moved!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

You are so right...we lost one a few years ago, and my neighbors have lost some too.

Blessings,
Linda

Bethany [at] Powell Brower Home said...

Oh Kim - Im sorry!!! My mom had the same issues with the BP trees!