BIG SOUTH FORK TENNESSEE: The Beautiful Bradford Pear Tree

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Real Estate Agent with Tennessee Recreational Properties

The Bradford Pear is often planted in a "allee" because of its uniform shapeWhile most pear trees are grown for their fruit, the Bradford Pear is grown for its shape. Although it is hardy in Zones 4-9, that is, it should thrive in most areas of the country, I had never seen it until I came to Tennessee.

It has a very distinctive shape, pyramidal when the tree is immature and oval when mature. It is remarkably uniform; the reason is that it was cloned from a single tree. It is noted for its rapid growth, often at the rate of two feet per year, until it reaches its full height of 30-50 feet. Its spread is 25-35 feet and it lends itself to planting in rows. I have seen it widely used here to create an "allee" leading to a property or as a windbreak/privacy screen across the front of a property. It is, unfortunately, a short-lived tree, lasting only 15-30 years, and because it is brittle, it often sustains damage from wind.

It is also remarkable for its profusion of white flowers in early spring, often before the leaves even develop. In contrast to their pleasing appearance, however, the flowers have an unpleasant odor which has been described as "like rotten fish." While it is commonly planted for its decorative value, having become a ubiquity in many suburban communities, its hard little fruits are enjoyed by birds. Here in the Southeastern United States, the Bradford Pear tends to be among the more reliable coloring trees.

The Bradfor Pear is one of the most colorful trees in Tennessee

Also, in Tennessee, the Bradford Pear is the very last tree to color and can remain green until mid-November. In autumn, the leaves begin to turn bright red, developing a lovely pattern and then turning to dark red before falling. The Bradford Pear is a pleasure to behold, year round, and is one of the many things I have come to appreciate here in Tennessee.

For information about Big South Fork real estate or horse properties in Jamestown, Tennessee, go to www.trailridersrealestate.com

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Leslie Helm
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Hi, Gene. I guess nothing's perfect. I sure enjoyed seeing the leaves develop that interesting pattern as they changed color, though. I don't know of any other tree that does that, or at least I've never seen one.

December 03, 2009 06:06 AM
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Anne Hensel
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The pictures are great. I miss trees and the color change. I my area we have mostly palm trees and they look the same all year long.

December 03, 2009 07:00 AM
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Leslie Helm
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Hi, Anne. I lived in the Florida panhandle for 3 years and was so disappointed because palm trees were not indigenous that far north and it was too far south for the deciduous trees I was so use to seeing in New England. Part of the reason I only lasted a short time in Florida is that I missed the seasons. Now I'm what's called a "Halfback."

December 03, 2009 07:17 AM
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These trees grow in Glendale and Burbank in southern California.  i love them for their colors.  Just spectacular.  

January 03, 2010 09:34 PM
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Leslie Helm
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Hi, Kay. Thanks for commenting. i guess these trees grow all over the country but i had never seen them before. I was really taken with the uniform shape and with the incredible pattern the leaves develop as they turn from green to red.

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I live minutes from the Cumberland Trailhead into Big South Fork National Park, in Spruce Creek Acres, an equestrian community that abuts the park itself. Horses are a major part of daily life here and this is a very active, supportive horse-oriented community. It is a gift to work as a realtor here, listing horse properties and selling horse properties to horse people! We joke that I've probably done more real estate on horseback than off! If you want to "live where you love to ride," let me help you find YOUR Big South Fork horse property .