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Name: CyndiK
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cydiku
May 12, 2021 5:50 AM CST
I have several of these trees that are coming up in my wild natural habitat area. Neighbors say they are 'weed trees' Anyone know what it is and have experience with them? Should I remove them. Pics included. Thanks
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Henhouse
May 13, 2021 10:17 AM CST
It reminds me of Pyrus calleryana, possibly 'Bradford'... they are known to be invasive in some parts of the country, and prone to disease.. they can also be really beautiful in the right situations.. ie, someone else's garden 😄
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May 13, 2021 10:20 AM CST
Henhouse said:It reminds me of Pyrus calleryana, possibly 'Bradford'... they are known to be invasive in some parts of the country, and prone to disease.. they can also be really beautiful in the right situations.. ie, someone else's garden 😄


I was thinking that or a Callery pear. But, they're both considered "trash trees" here (I wasn't sure though so I was afraid to comment Grin ).
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DaisyI
May 13, 2021 11:05 AM CST
It looks like a pear type to me also.
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Hortaholic
May 14, 2021 11:59 PM CST
@cudiku,

It's highly likely this is callery pear, Pyrus calleryana, as already mentioned by others. Not exactly 'Bradford' because that is a clonally propagated cultivar. But they could be seedlings from 'Bradford'. Or they could be seedlings of seedlings of .... this has been going on for over 30 years. 'Bradford' was enormously popular.

It was supposed to be "sterile". It is only self-infertile. As other cultivars were developed and planted, they began to cross-pollinate. The eventual result is the millions if not billions of those seedlings which are invading many natural areas.

Many states have declared it an invasive species. That doesn't seem to be its current formal status there in Virginia:
https://mgnv.org/2020/04/13/in...

One characteristic of these seedling pears that makes them stand out in fall is the very delayed development of fall color and leaf dehiscence. They are often the last trees still in leaf here, and mild freezes don't stop them. The fall colors can be beautiful. But so can the fall color of poison Ivy.

There's a field near me, several acres, that is on the verge of being a completely "impenetrable thicket" as noted on the flyer above. Birds land on the tallest weeds and drop seeds everywhere. The seedlings germinate too close together for long term survival but they grow anyway. There are often groves of them under power lines.

There is plenty of information available online about callery pear together with ID tips.

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sallyg
May 15, 2021 5:01 AM CST
I agree callery pear is a good suggestion, and HORRIBLE invasive tree in this area. Highway shoulders are lined solid with them, clear to see in bloom.

I love your vision of natural habitat area.
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Hortaholic
May 15, 2021 5:52 PM CST
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