Bradford Pear trees were a very popular choice for contractors working on building subdivisions, commercial properties, and parking lots in the 1980s and 90s; they’re virtually everywhere. The trees quick growth, beautifully symmetrical shape, and showy white flowers “satisfies the desire for quick, pleasing, lush landscapes”, according to the Tree Care Industry.
However, the rapid growth of the tree means that it is less structurally sound. Typically, winds that reach or exceed 30 miles-per-hour are enough to split a Bradford Pear. To combat this, many homeowners ‘top’ the tree to reduce the weight of the tree, but this ends up doing more damage than good. What grows to replace the topped part of the tree is actually weaker and more dangerous to homeowners during a storm.
Bradford Pears are beautiful trees with many merits, but need to be taken care of and pruned regularly to be safe for homeowners.