Bradford Pear Falls to the WindNovember 5, 2018
WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST?
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.
May the forest be with you,
Director of Forest Services
Catskill Forest Association