Family: Rosaceae, Rose view all from this family
Description Introduced. A narrowly pyramidal to columnar tree that produces masses of white flowers in early spring and brilliant foliage in fall.
Height: 30-50' (9-15 m).
Leaves: 1-3" (2.5-7.5 cm) long; heart-shaped, with wavy edges; finely toothed; turn yellow, orange, and red in fall.
Flowers: white, 5-petaled; in showy clusters; bloom before leaves appear, April-May.
Fruit: 1/2" (1.2 cm) round pome; brown.
Habitat Disturbed habitats, roadsides, fields.
Range Native of China; common garden cultivar; escaped from cultivation and naturalized in the eastern United States.
Discussion Bradford Pear is a ubiquitous street tree in many eastern cities and a landscaping plant throughout the east. It withstands the rigors of urban living, such as pollution and poor soil, but is widely considered overplanted. A fast-grower, it is also short-lived and tends to split. In many places Bradford Pear is spreading into natural habitats and is considered an invasive weed.