WHETHER you’re a gardening expert or a newbie, you might want to avoid planting these trees in your garden.
Bradford pears are beautiful with their enormous white flowers, gorgeous branches and imposing height becoming a favorite amongst landscapers.
Bradford Pears may seem beautiful but a gardening expert has called them ‘demon’ treesCredit: Getty
However, these “demon” trees have ended up becoming a problem for many homeowners who’ve had to fork over money to replace them.
These plants, native to China, can thrive in the hottest summers and the coldest winters.
However, they’ve become extremely invasive in the Midwest and Southeast.
They spread by producing suckers that have nasty thorns than can grow three inches in length. Even if the main trunk is cut down, the suckers will still multiply.
Trees that grow quickly are prone to breakage. The natural structure of Bradford pears is very weak and the wood is brittle, meaning they can become a hazard in windy conditions.
Sometimes, the wind doesn’t even need to be a factor. Gardening expert, Laura Simpson says that a tree near her home snapped in half without any warning and nearly hit her car.
“Early pruning and shaping could help, but I’ve never seen them trimmed until they’ve reached their full height of 50 feet,” she told The Press-Enterprise.
“By that time, the crown is a tangled mess of overgrown branches and training is impossible.”
The trees are also somewhat resistant to fireblight – a highly infectious disease that attacks blossoms, leaves, shoots, branches, fruits and roots.
Bradford pears can become infected and spread the disease but they rarely die from it.
“We have lost many pear, apple, and quince trees due to blight from the Bradford pears planted just outside our wall,” said Simpson.
And perhaps most unfortunate, those beautiful white flowers produce an unpleasant, musty smell that Simpson compares to “a teenage boy’s room or the back of a city bus.”
If you’re looking for trees similar in aesthetic but aren’t as much of a hassle, Simpson suggests California native redbud or flowering crabapple or cherry trees for cooler areas.
The trees can spread fireblight, an infectious disease that attacks and kills plantsCredit: Getty
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