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Best time to trim Bradford Pear Tree?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by CharlieBingo, Sep 9, 2005.

  1. CharlieBingo

    CharlieBingo LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 400

    I have to take 20-30% off a Bradford Pear Tree (its growing into the house, no other choice). When is the best time to prune it heavily?
  2. Coffeecraver

    Coffeecraver LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA.
    Messages: 793

    To remove that much of the tree you may as well take it down
    The tree will not survive long with that much pruning

    Bradfords are best trimmed at the base of the tree anytime of the year.
    Stump grinding is best to avoid sucker growth.

    "Bradford pears have a bad habit of producing limbs that are clustered tightly together. A few years later, those weakened crotches often break out in windstorms.
    "The trouble with Bradfords is the weak limb structure. Narrow angles on any tree where the limbs attach will create weak limbs. Bark is included inside the fork and the limb gets weaker as it gets older. After a few years, a windstorm can split out the limbs.

    On Bradford pears, the split limb may be most of the trunk. The narrow angles are genetic. They are caused by the amount of a plant hormone, called auxin, produced by the plant. Several buds break at the same place. The resulting limb structure is terrible."
  3. travtele615

    travtele615 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 16

    We had a bradford pear tree that was about 35' tall with a 10-12" trunk in our front yard.

    I'm not an arbourist but didn't see any visible signs of disease or stress on the tree. It had no dead/dying spots in the canopy what-so-ever. The bloom was thick on it this spring and thick with leaves.

    Had a straight line wind of around 40-50 mph and it snapped it clean off at ground level. Thankfully it blew down more along the house than into it. the top limbs just grazed the house and no damage was done. But if it had come to straight towards the house probably would've had some roof damage.

    Here in Nashville any time we have wind to speak of you'll see damaged bradford every time.


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