The Bradford Pear was introduced commercially in 1963 by the USDA.  It was suppose to be the perfect ornamental tree but time has proven it to be very susceptible to extreme wind and ice.  The shallow root system coupled with the narrow angle of its branches are two of the main causes.  It has a short life span (for a tree) of only 20-30 years. With all this said, its beautiful white blooms in the spring and scarlet leaves in the fall make it a favorite for many.

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