Bradford Pear Trees

As temperatures rise in Middle Tennessee, the dreaded Bradford Pear starts blooming. The little white petals look so beautiful lining driveways and streets all around you. But, are the trees really making your allergies go crazy? Or the pollen from the trees?


When Bradford Pear trees were first introduced to modern culture they were presented as sterile. In reality they are not. The Bradford Pear tree pollen can cross pollenate with other species. Studies show that the trees can revert to the Chinese Callery Pears. That offspring can have thorny thickets that overtake existing plant and tree life.

More Bad News

These lovely trees have other bad attributes. When you walk near one of these trees you can smell their fishy smell. It is unpleasant for those who spend time outdoors. Another negative of the tree is that they grow very tall without good branching systems. Additionally, if a tree is large and full, sunlight cannot get the the grass below, leaving a landscaping nightmare.


What is really the culprit of your seasonal allergies? It’s the pollen that grows from the Bradford Pear trees! So when planning your landscaping at that new house, skip the Bradford Pear trees and go for a nice Maple tree.


The Bradford Pear Tree

Family: Rosaceae

Genus: Pyrus

Species: Bradford Pear (Pallus Calleryana)

Even The Grump Gardener agrees!

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