Bradford Pear Tree
Bradford pear tree too brittle to be in yards.
If your yard receives more than a whisper of a wind, expect a Bradford pear tree to snap like a twig every year. I have lived in the house for five years and the tree was 25 feet tall when I first saw it so it was not an immature tree. By the way it had already broken once when I bought the house.
The center of the tree was missing the Bradford tree looked like a goal post. It was a great conversation piece but a funny looking non fruit bearing tree.
The second year we lived in the house the left side of the tree broke. The wind was blowing about twenty miles an hour when I heard the tree snap.
Unofficial count, three Bradford trees broke in my neighborhood that night!
My recommendation is to take a chain saw to your pear tree before it falls and takes out a person, fence, dog or knocks over your favorite beverage.
I was lucky mine didn't fall on anything or anybody. I'll admit the blooms are very attractive but certainly not worth the risk.
This picture was taken shortly after I started to use the chain saw on what was left of the Bradford pear tree. The left side above the main trunk is where the pear tree broke the second year in our house.
On a better note, the wood from the tree, made good smoking wood for my grill.