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.
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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.