Bradford Pear Falls to the Wind

November 5, 2018

Some strong winds hit central Ulster County over the weekend and sought out those “weak unions” resulting in torn branches and stem-failures. One tree in particular seems to always have problems–‘Bradford’ pear. Bradford pear was planted abundantly as an ornamental street tree in urban/suburban areas. However, in the absence of pruning it produces an abundance of co-dominant stems or leaders which eventually crack over in high winds. I hear that the ‘Aristocrat’ pear is now planted instead, in order to remedy this situation.

Co-dominant leaders are susceptible to breaking at tight crotches

May the forest be with you,


Ryan Trapani

Director of Forest Services

Catskill Forest Association