Callery 'Bradford' Pear - Pryus calleryana Rose Family (Rosaceae)

The Callery pear is a member of the Rosaceae or rose family and is native to portions of China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Vietnam.1

In the 1950s, this promising tree was introduced into the landscape in the United States. Concerns for overplanting and structural weakness of the branches began to emerge in the 1980s. Now the concerns are regarding invasiveness, escaping cultivation, and naturalization.1

The blooms at peak, unfortunately smell like a decaying animal. Many people encountering this odor will wrinkle their nose and begin to look around on the ground.1

Considering the invasiveness of this species, it would be preferable to select and alternative native flowering shade tree such as the Eastern Redbud, Flowering Dogwood, Common Serviceberry, or American Plum for the home landscape.1

The leaves are alternately arranged, rounded or teardrop-shaped, thick, and waxy. The leaf edge, or margin, is finely toothed and has a distinct ripple or wave.2