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Pyrus calleryana 'Bradford' /Bradford Flowering Pear

Pyrus calleryana 'Bradford'  / Pyrus calleryana 'Bradford'
Autumn foliage
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Autumn foliage

Grove planting in a grid pattern

Autumn colored foliage a highly predictable occurrence

Weak crotches -- trunks growing in a tight vertical mass

Close-up of autumn foliage

Street planting

Clusters of flowers

Street planting in autumn color

Fruit and foliage in fall

Autumn colored leaves covering a zoysia lawn

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Scientific Name: Pyrus calleryana 'Bradford'
Common Name: Bradford Flowering Pear
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 5-8 feet
Spread: 20- 30 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: White
Fruit present: Fall
Fruit color: Brown
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist,
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Plants for Autumn Color
Plants for Hedges, Screening and Privacy
Comments: This has been a highly popular spring flowering tree across the U.S. for many years but is losing much of its favor because of problems associated with aging trees. Trees have weak crotches and thus split in high winds and under the weight of snow. Consequently this tree has been band from plantings in some communities. However, its attributes are quite strong -- flowers in spring, bright glossy summer foliage and autumn color nearly without equal among flowering trees. Dropping fruit can also be a problem in well maintained landscapes.