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I have an Ornamental Pear Tree in my yard and the storm destroyed it. Should I replace it with the same type of tree?

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I have an Ornamental Pear Tree in my yard and the storm destroyed it. Should I replace it with the same type of tree? The short answer is no. In my opinion, Ornamental Pear Trees should never be planted. If you already have them, take them out when you can. Ornamental Pear Trees are all over the place, in yards, along road ways, etc. They are mainly fast growers and have pretty off-white flowers, but that's where the trouble starts. The trees have even been nicknamed "Dead Squirrel Trees" because of the stench from the white flowers. Not only that, the flowers only last a couple weeks and then you are left with 50 weeks of a boring tree that doesn't even have an interesting bark. They also tend to send up suckers that need to be cut back periodically. The big issue I have with Ornamental Pear trees is that they have a weak limb structure. As the tree grows and the limbs are burdened with snow and high winds, entire branches break off back to the main trunk as you can see in the picture. Not only does that look terrible, the fate of the tree is doomed and many times it will need to be replaced in less than 20 years. Far better choices than Ornamental Pears are: 1) Japanese Stewartia 2) disease resistant Crab Apples 3) Japanese Snowbell 4) Fringe Tree or 5) Sourwood.

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About Linda Lillie

Linda K. Lillie is the President of Sprigs & Twigs, Inc, the premier landscape design and maintenance, tree care, lawn care, stonework, and carpentry service provider in southeastern Connecticut since 1997. She is a graduate of Connecticut College in Botany, a Connecticut Master Gardener and a national award winning landscape designer for her landscape design and landscape installation work.

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