Answer: The Bradford Pear has been planted extensively over the past twenty years or so and over time has shown itself to be particularly susceptible to winter storm damage, breaking apart under the weight of ice and snow, especially when it reaches maturity. The Cleveland Pear is a narrower growing tree and is often suggested where the width of an area is more limited. All of the pears have a relatively uniform shape by nature and thus lend themselves to formal landscape plans where regularity and uniformity are needed. If you need smaller maturing trees for your space, you might consider some of the smaller more modern crabapples that have been bred for disease resistance as well as looks.
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