Of Bradford Pears
25 years ago, all the rage. Now, along with photinia and nandina, disfavored and disdained. Mine is in full bloom. Contrary to widespread belief, the blooms are quite odorless. It is now perhaps in its 13th year, somewhat taller than my roof. It has never obliged me to uproot a single volunteer. It is well-formed and sturdy, the result of keeping it pruned to a single trunk until 7 ft. tall. It gets by nicely on the same amount of water the turf grass gets. In the fall, it is spectacular. I just picked up another one, 9 ft. tall, $44 at BigBox. Wish I had room for more.