Bradford Pear Trees Alternative

The Bradford Pear tree (Pyrus calleryanna 'Bradford') is now an unpopular landscape tree due to its inherent structural weakness and short life. Alternative trees that grow quickly and are disease-resistant are the Red Maple, Chinese Elm, Japanese Zelkova, Chinese Pistache, Crab Apple and Japanese Cherry.

Keywords: Bradford pear problems, Bradford pear alternatives, disease-resistant trees

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Daffodil Planter's writing appears in the Chicago Sun-Times, and she is the Sacramento Gardening Scene Examiner for Examiner.com. A member of the Garden Writers Association, she has a bachelor's degree from Stanford, a law degree from the University of Virginia and studies horticulture at Sierra College.