Stay with Native Plants

BradfordPear_1580My neighborhood is around fifteen years old. When the builder (Fox Ridge) landscaped the homes, they planted Bradford Pear trees, which are not native to this area. Our Bradford Pear died within the first month we lived here. I asked the builder to replace it with a native tree, and I was told that I had to replace it with another Bradford Pear. I planted a maple tree.

For the past couple of years, the Bradford Pear trees have been splitting during wind storms. A few trees have split during calm moments. This one split across the street from us on Monday night during a storm. Now, the homeowners association is recommending native trees. Go figure.

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    Steve Barton said,

    That’s what Bradford pears do — a showy tree for a week or so every spring and trouble the rest of the time. The splitting of the mature trees appears to be a feature, not a bug.

    My wife the Master Gardener started clucking at them and filled me in on why they shouldn’t be planted anywhere.


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