*Bradford pear

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*Pyrus calleryana ‘Bradford’
BRADFORD PEAR

Rosaceae
Asia

Location: map coordinates T-8 (south side of parking lot #6), N 39°11'7'' W 75°32'47''

Planting history: presently unknown.

Description:
  • medium-sized deciduous tree
  • etymology: Pyrus = the Latin name; calleryana after A. Callery, French missionary, who collected the type specimen in China
  • leaves simple, alternate
  • flowers attractive, white; bloom in spring
  • fruits small pomes (apple-like fruits), brownish; eaten by birds
  • limbs weak; easily broken by strong winds
  • widely planted as an ornamental
  • Pyrus calleryana is invasive; although originally self-sterile, different cultivars of Callery pear now cross-pollinate and set fertile seeds. First detected in Delaware >1946; now escaping to roadsides and fields in all 3 Delaware counties

*Non-native species (not native to Delaware). Species listed as Invasive in Delaware
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