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Billy Joe Fudge: On pear trees, stay with native species

Forester says Bradford, Cleveland pear trees compete, choke out Dogwood and Redbud trees
Comments re article 82153 Letter Question of dendrology

By Billy Joe Fudge
Retired District Forester, KY Forestry Service

Yes, there are some Cleveland Selects along with Aristocrat.

No matter the name, all three are structurally flawed in that the limbs are attached at extreme vertical angles and their limbs will shear off portions of the trunk when they break under the weight of snow, ice, even moderate winds and sometimes under their own weight.

Additionally, they are increasingly invading our pioneer forest landscapes, thereby choking out many of our native species such as Redbud and Dogwood.

Although the blooms are attractive for a couple of weeks in early Spring, I highly recommend planting native species for the health, increased property values and longevity of both our Urban Forest and Naturally Regenerated Hardwood Forest Landscapes.

- Billy Joe Fudge

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