May 24, 2024
Invasive Bradford pear trees a threat to landscape, gardens
Bradford pear was widely planted for its showy white flowers, which appear in early spring.

I experienced not visited any of my preferred garden facilities due to the fact January, so on a heat, sunny afternoon lately, I strolled by a person of Columbus’ finest back garden facilities and explored the collection of trees and shrubs  awaiting anxious gardeners who will get started planting these beauties in just a couple of weeks. 

I was thrilled to see several diverse species of fruit trees in containers prepared for late-winter planting as effectively as many species of shade trees and ornamental shrubs in containers or burlapped root balls. There ended up silver maples with buds approximately completely ready to pop open and a handful of redbuds and dogwoods that will explode with spring colour in a number of short months.  

This exercise on a sunny late-wintertime working day was much more relaxing for me than any yoga pose. But my plant-induced Zen came to an abrupt conclusion when I spotted one particular specific ornamental tree staying offered for sale — Bradford pear!