The Q&A Archives: Bradford Pear Tree

Question: When is the best time to prune back (thin out) a mature Bradford Pear tree?



Answer: Generally speaking, pruning would be done in late winter while the tree is dormant but temperatures are above 40 degrees. However, it is very difficult to effectively thin a mature Bradford pear due to their naturally tight crotch angles. Also, pruning leaves the tree open to infection by pest or disease so you would not want to prune a mature tree extensively. This tree has a pleasant fairly symmetrical natural shape so it is typically not pruned with the exception of removing broken or damaged branches. Pruning a mature tree is best left to a professionally trained and certified arborist with experience working with ornamental trees. They will have the knowledge and equipment to work on a large tree such as this.

« Click to go to the homepage

» Ask a question of your own

Q&A Library Searching Tips

  • When singular and plural spellings differ, as in peony and peonies, try both.
  • Search terms are not case sensitive.

Today's site banner is by Paul2032 and is called "Coreopsis"