The Bradford Flowering Pear, Pyrus calleryana, 'Bradford', is an extremely popular, vigorous growing, medium size, shade tree with outstanding clusters of white blooms in spring and very attractive terrific yellow to red to purple foliage color in fall.
The Bradford pear is a beautiful garden addition that produces no edible fruit. A great benefit of the Bradford is that it is a rapid grower, achieving a 12 to 15 feet increase in height over an 8 to 10 year period.
Bradford Pear trees are shallow-rooted and will tolerate most soil types. They are pest and pollution-resistant, and tolerate drought well. This flowering tree grows best in full sun.
An excellent lawn and shade tree, Bradford Flowering Pear is pyramidal shape when young, developing a broad canopy with age.
Bradford Flowering Pear is one of the most fire blight-resistant cultivars of the flowering pears!
I JUST PLANTED A BRADFORD PEAR, IT IS ABOUT 5 1/2 TO 6 FT. TALL I PUT THE 3" OF MULCH AROUND IT AND I'M HOPING FOR A VERY BEAUTIFUL TREE. NOW MY QUESTION IS I HAVE NEVER PLANTED A TREE BEFORE AND I KNOW THAT WIND CAN DAMAGE THESE TREE'S, AND IT WILL BE AWHILE BEFORE I NEED TO PRUNE THIS TREE MY PROBLEM IS I HAVE NO IDEA HOW TO PRUNE IT. I THINK THESE TREES ARE BEAUTIFUL I SEE THEM IN OTHER PEOPLES YARDS AND JUST HAD TO HAVE ONE. IT WAS VERY EASY TO PLANT AND THE INSTRUCTIONS WERE EASY FOR ME TO UNDERSTAND.
Does not like Clay Soil Review by Mark
Although the description states that this tree tolerates a wide range of conditions, my bradford has not tolerated clay well. I got this tree free from my builder as a gift for referrals. It was pretty big when planted, roughly about 14 ft high and has been in my backyard for about 7 months. It got a fungus disease due to the above average rainfalls in Austin this year. My Crape Mytles and other trees around my home, however, are disease free, but this tree has lost about 90% of its leaves and is in deep shock from the wet clay. I am currently trying to save this tree by removing the mulch and keeping it as dry as possible. It probably would be fine in a traditional Austin Spring and Summer, but be wary if you have clay. Stick with a more proven tree for clay like a Crape Mytle or Elm.
Beautiful, but weak Review by Wing
These trees have been planted throughout my neighborhood. We had two in our front yard. They are gorgeous, but they fall apart easily. They require vigilant pruning. A moderate wind can take out major portions of tree limbs. We had to have the second tree removed this morning after a 1/3 of it fell down due to branches not being able to support itself.
bradford pear Review by vc
I absolutely love my bradford pear tree. I had it put into my front yard 3 years ago, and I havent had a problem with it. We too have A LOT of clay soil here in GA, but I cant say that Ive had a whole lot of rain to deal with. My yard is slightly sloped so the water runs off the treee and out of the yead. Besides rain my tree only gets watered 5 days a week from the sprinkler system, and I have never pruned it. Its doing great and each year Im seeing more and more white flowers. The best looking tree on the block!!!
Brittle Limbs Review by CSM
The Bradford Pear tree is very beautiful, especially in the Spring. After it matures, the limbs become very brittle and break very easily. The occasionaly thunderstorm in Tennessee causes a great deal of damage to these trees, by snapping off main limbs. This requires the tree to be cut down and replaced.