I love waking up at our farm. The sun, more often than not, puts up a spectacular color show as it rises.
The birds appear to love waking up at our farm too.
One of the birds' favorite trees to perch in while soaking in the morning sun is the Bradford pear tree. This tree is gorgeous in the spring with beautiful fluffy white flowers. They grow very fast, are disease resistant and flower reliably. Unfortunately for me, I think these flowers smell bad.
If you want to see the array of colors that the leaves turn into in the fall, check this website - http://www.pbase.com/karen_moen/bradford_pear_tree_in_autumn.
It also bears tiny pear-like fruits, though only birds find them palatable.
Because Bradford pear trees are very easy to grow and add so much color to our landscape, they are very popular in our neck of the woods. I am actually not sure why these trees are so popular. Aside from the not-so-pleasant odor their flowers send out in the spring, their branches are very weak and consequently they suffer greatly from storms, wind and ice (and we have all three of these weather conditions in central Virginia). They are also very invasive.
I have located two of these trees on our farm. My question to you, my blog friends, is should I get rid of them now (they are actually quite gorgeous with their perfect rounded canopy shape) or should I wait until I have to get rid of them?
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