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Question: Hello-I am looking to replace a tree we just removed from our front yard as it was full of aphids and caused too much black mess and sap mess on cars parked on the street--don't know what it was--I want a tree that does not lose it's leaves--somewhat fast growing--non root invasive--full sun--desease and bug free--what can you suggest--what about the evergreen pear? does it bear fruit? thank you Linda

Answer: Pyrus calleryana 'Bradford', the Ornamental Pear sounds like a good choice for the site you describe. The Ornamental Pear is a deciduous narrow conical tree growing broader with age, thornless and produces no edible fruit. The Bradford Pear grows in a classic "lollipop fashion" making it a popular choice for some landscape plantings. Also it has a high tolerance to the city conditions. The Bradford Pear was selected and introduced around 1950 by the USDA. This selection blooms profusely in late winter to early spring, bringing the landscape some of the first splashes of color with its white flowers. Ornamental Pear leaves are slightly scalloped or toothed with a glossy, dark green color which turns to a more gold-orange or red-mahogany in late autumn. Pyrus calleryana 'Bradford' can grow to be 50 feet in height and 40 foot in width, which is bigger than many people imagine it can get, but it makes a beautiful addition to most landscapes.

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