Perils of Pear Sex

Bradford pears form dense thickets that take over large areas and crowd out other plants.

These beautiful pear blossoms along your local roadside or in that vacant lot could be the beginning of a very ugly invasion. Wild Bradford pear trees are knocking at Wisconsin’s southern door. The blossoms may be pretty, but these escaped hybrids are a real problem on the landscape.

Flowers are whiter than apple blooms and petals are wider than wild plums.

Because of the mild winter these trees are likely to start blooming any day now. The entire tree is covered in large round clusters of blossoms in the early spring before leafing out.

Learn what to do if you think you might have these problem trees in your neighborhood by clicking here.

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