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Nashville, Ark. –
While driving around Howard County one of the first signs spring is near is the blooming
Bradford Pear trees. If you are not familiar with this tree and think you might like
to plant one or more, I have a few things for you to consider first.
No! For starters, these trees are not known for their strength and durability. The
life expectancy is about 12-15 years – with perfect weather conditions maybe 20 years.
How often do we find ourselves with perfect weather conditions in Southwest Arkansas?
It is not often; you would more than likely go outside after a storm and find your
tree blown over in your yard. When Bradford Pears first arrived in the U.S. they were
believed to be sterile; however, over time we learned this was not true.
Yes. While Bradford Pears will not reproduce among themselves, they do cross pollinate
with other Callery pear trees resulting in the unwanted thorny thickets of hybrid,
invasive pears that threaten our native species today.
Also, while the Bradford might be pretty to look at, it gives off a foul smell that
is also known to turn many people’s noses.
If you have some of these beautiful but problematic trees and are thinking about removing
them, it is not necessary unless the tree is damaged or declining. Removing healthy
trees will have no impact on the invasive hybrid pear problem we face today. Once
you lose a tree do not replace it with a new one or any type of “improved” ornamental
If you are in search for landscape trees there are better options that will live longer
and are more suitable for Arkansas and support wildlife, you can contact me for more
information by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Howard County Extension office is still working and is there for all the residences
in Howard County during this time.
If you're thinking of planting a tree, visit our tree care and planting tips page for help.
By Samantha Horn County Extension Agent - AgricultureThe Cooperative Extension ServiceU of A System Division of Agriculture
Howard County Cooperative Extension Service421 N. Main Nashville AR 71852 (870) 845-7517 email@example.com