Consider this a public service announcement/soapbox lecture from your favorite Landscape Architect (unless you are one of my readers who is also an LA, then I don’t have to be your favorite). This time of year, beginning of spring, I drive in to work thinking of two things:
1. I sure love spring!
2. WHY oh WHY on God’s green earth, do so many people still plant those damn Bradford Pear trees?
They are not good trees. This is not just my (educated) opinion, this is fact. Consider that on a list of trees for Kansas City, complied by an extremely knowledgeable local LA* by interviewing certified arborists, urban foresters, extension agents, nurserymen, and researchers that the number one lowest rated tree** is the Bradford Pear. This tree is total crap.
It stinks (opinion), the flowers are not pretty compared to magnolias, crabapples, dogwoods, heck most anything else that flowers (opinion) but they are short lived (fact), horribly branched (fact), weak (fact), and have no redeeming features whatsoever save the one week out of the year that it produces ugly, stinky flowers.
Why on earth would you plant one of these trees? Because it was on sale on Home Depot? Please don’t buy trees from Home Depot.
Don’t plant this tree. You don’t have to cut it down if you are unfortuntate enough to have one on your property (I would though), but let’s not add more Brandford Pears to the world. If you need tree suggestions, I would love to offer my opinion. My educated opinion.
That’s all. One more week and these botanical atrocities won’t be so obvious and I won’t hyperventilate on my drive in to work.
* I want to give credit where credit is due, but I don’t want my blog to be google-able. So, if you are curious I’ll give you the info.
**(The rest of the list of lowest rated trees, if you are curious: (2. Silver Maple, 3. Newport Plum, 4. Cottonwood, 5. White/Green Ash, 6. Amur Maple, 7. Green Hawthorn, 8. Black Locust, 9. Sweetgum (AMEN and AMEN!!!!), 10. Red Maple.)***
***If you want to know why, don’t be shy about asking. Or you can just take our collective word for it.