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The Bradford Pear Tree: Beauty or Beast?

Publication Number: P2954
Updated: May 23, 2016
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Every spring, there is talk in the news media, on blogs, and between neighbors about the “curse of the Bradford pear” (Pyrus calleryana). These discussions focus on the Bradford pear tree’s spring blooms—those magnificent spade-shaped crowns with profuse white blossoms we see in yards and along city streets. Depending on the region of Mississippi, flowering occurs in early to mid-March.

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