“No Bradford”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
More trees are starting to flower. I have already posted about the peach trees, Japanese magnolias, redbuds, and now the Callery pear has started flowering, almost overnight it seems. I know there are many who say that this tree should not be planted, but come springtime and the appearance of the hundreds of small flowers it seems worth it.
Our tree has just started flowering, and it won’t be long before it is covered in white flowers. The most common cultivar of Callery pear is the Bradford, but I don’t think we have a Bradford. I think we have another cultivar. Our tree does not have the dense, upward growth of the Bradford. Our tree has a more open pyramid growth pattern. When we bought this tree, it was just labled flowering pear, but it was also about the time that people were being discouraged from planting the Bradfords, so for all these reasons, I don’t think we have a Bradford.
With the temperatures reaching 80 to 85 degrees for the last three days, it does seem that spring is here to stay, and this blooming pear tree just seems to reinforce that belief.