Trees of Alabama and the Southeast

Lisa Samuelson, Ph.D.
School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences
Auburn University

Bradford Pear
Pyrus calleryana

Leaves are simple, alternate, deciduous, shiny green, and leathery with round-toothed margins. Bark is gray and smooth in young stems and darker and ridged on older stems. Fruit is a reddish drupe. Bradford pear is planted as an ornamental throughout the U.S. because of its showy white flowers in spring and red leaves in fall but the trunk can split at an early age.

Photographs by Mike Hogan.

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