Advice on Bradford Pear in TX - 3 strikes your out?

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We have a Bradford Pear at one property - our first, very near the street and the driveway of our rental.  These trees grow fast and seem to be pretty whimpy in strong wind:  shortly before buying the house the tree lost a limb set and in our recent north texas storms we lost another (fell into the street blocking nearly the full road).  The tree is not in striking distance of our house fortunately.

It is a nice looking tree and I hate to get rid of it.  The limbs have grown pretty broad and tall.  It seems healthy otherwise.

Anyone dealt with these trees?  Should we try to prune it back severely to keep it in place?  Or just have the whole thing removed?



I would get rid of it, Bradford Pears are a favorite of builders and developers in our area because they are cheep, fast growing, and look good. However, the branch structure is very week and they do not hold up well in the long run as you are seeing. They also have a tenancy to send shoots up from the roots that burn up before they can mature leaving lots of 2-3" tall spike like sticks in the ground. I have had to remove 4 over the last few years and it is easier (less expensive) to do it sooner than later.

They have a shallow root ball and topple easily. We got rid of ours.

Hello- This is an interesting post since my HOA at one of our rentals in DFW mentioned 2 days ago that our Bradford Pear tree has grown a lot and they fear it could cause damage if a strong storm breaks it (we've gotten several strong storms this past month and no branches have broken).

We've done some research into this topic.  We're going to look for a tree trimming company who has experience in thinning out the branches to prevent breakage.  I can follow up  with you to see what the local experts think about what is the best method in limiting any tree loss/damage to the property. Our tree is probably 25 feet tall and 7-10 feet wide so I'd like to save it if it makes sense.



I would agree with all of the above statements. If they are pruned they are a little better but if I had one on my property I would be looking to get rid of it. With those trees it is just a matter of time. 

I have 3 in the yard that provide tons of shade. My guys tells me to prune them every year due to their size. I was warned. Winters in particular cause breakage so I target any drooping limbs.

Short lived trash tree. Wack it!  Very prone to wind and ice damage. They split like peeling a banana.

Thanks for all the feedback!  In case anyone was wondering:  what is a Bradford Pear - picture of the offending tree attached below.


PS - note the nice new mailbox in the background which I installed Monday - the original one was taken out by the limb!

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