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The Bradford pear tree is an ornamental variety that is often used for landscaping. While beautiful, Bradford pear trees suffer from a host of problems. Because their quick-growing branches are made of weak wood and grow at narrow angles, they often break with age or under adverse weather conditions ...


Bradford Pear Tree Diseases. Bradford pears explode in a spectacular display of blooms each spring making them a popular ornamental plant. The trees won't produce fruit like the European pear, but it sure hasn't stopped people from spreading them far and wide. Like European pears, these trees are susceptible to fungal and bacterial infections ...


Have an arborist look at your Bradford pear tree if it is infested with fire blight. The disease can be treated if it is caught in time. An arborist will locate, prune off and dispose of the affected branches to stop the spread of the bacteria.


Prevention Tips. Bradford pear trees are fairly resistant to fire blight, but will still contract the disease when conditions are right. The best prevention is to keep the tree healthy and stress ...


If you have one or more Bradford pear trees in your yard, you need to understand how to care for and protect them in your landscape. Here are a few common issues that can affect your Bradford pear tree.


The Bradford Pear Tree originated in China and were introduced in 1964 by the US Department of Agriculture as an ornamental tree. This flowering tree was assumed to be sterile (spoiler alert- it isn’t!) and was known for its weak branch structure.


I have 3 Bradford Pear trees that appear to be dying. Leaves are turning dark (almost black) and dropping off. The bark has many holes on various parts of the trunk about 3/8 inch in diameter. The trees are approximately 7 to 9 years old and have never until this year shown any signs of disease or sickness. ×


One should take care to give the devil his due and, in this case, the "devil" is Bradford pear trees. Experts warn that it's a mistake to plant the Pyrus calleryana 'Bradford', and rightly so: The limbs of these fast-growing trees break too easily in stormy weather. You can see the limbs of many of these specimens lying on the ground after a good wind.


The good news is that a pear tree (Pyrus communis), sometimes called European pear or common pear, is relatively resistant to insects and disease if you have the right type. The bad news is that ...


Clean and sanitize all pruning tools before using them on your trees. Cut out all affected parts of the tree and burn them. Remove all the mulch from around the base of an affected tree and burn it. Stony pit is another viral disease that affects pear trees. The exact organism that causes the disease is still unknown.