Saturday, March 7, 2015

Tree Following, March 2015

Lucy at Loose and Leafy has a great meme called Tree Following that opens on the 7th of each month.  The idea is to select one tree and take photos of it once a month, following it for a whole year as it goes through the seasons.  I am following a "Bradford" Ornamental Pear, Pyrus calleryana, that grows in my yard.

Prentiss county, Mississippi, USA, March 6, 2015

A native of China and Viet Nam, the Ornamental Pear was introduced into the United States to beautify city streets and parks with Spring blooms and Autumn leaf color.  Although they are resistant to disease, there is a problem - the branches are prone to break during storms.  Last year this one lost a section on the right side that left a large scar.  I am anxious to see how it survives this year.

Ornamental Pear fruit, January 2, 2015

The fruits are very small and hard.  However, after they are softened by frost, the birds feast on them.

Buds, March 6, 2015

February was very cold with snow and ice, but the buds seem to be okay.  I am hoping it will be in bloom for the April Tree Following post.

Have a beautiful day!

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  1. We saw lots of those in bloom when we drove through Shenandoah and the Smokies in the spring two years ago. I'll be posting about my Butternut later today.

  2. Sounds like a wonderful tree! I hope it survives the breakage from the storm. It is a great sign to see the buds, spring is almost here.. Have a happy weekend!

  3. Look forward to seeing this tree in flower, Bradford is the name of the town next to were I live !
    Amanda xx

  4. What a fine and unusual pear, Lea. I look forward to more about the tree. Beautiful snowy landscape ... we've hardly had snow this year in the south of the UK. Thank you for visiting my W&W blog. I love your header pic. - and a great text.

  5. Snow in Mississippi? is that unusual? Beautiful photos and a beautiful tree -- it will be neat to see it through the seasons.

  6. Looks like a great tree--I can only imagine how beautiful it will be soon! How interesting to learn of their origin.

  7. The blossoms will no doubt be beautiful--you must be looking forward to them!

  8. Thank you for becoming a Tree Follower. Delighted to have you aboard!
    A beautifully shaped tree. Must be very disappointing when branches fall. By the name, I had expected the fruits to be pear-shaped even though they are ornamental. Very much like the photo of the fruit with the water-drip.
    I've added your name and blog and tree and location to the list of Tree Followers on the Loose and Leafy Tree Following Page
    Perhaps you would check that I've put them down right. (I have a horrid habit of getting the Latin wrong!)
    Looking forward to seeing your tree in its other seasons as well as this cold but elegant one.

  9. That is too bad about the easy breaks of the branches. I had read that about these trees. But I am sure the birds love it.

  10. That's a fair specimen - it has such structure. I am unfamiliar with your chosen tree, I need to do a bit of reading now.

  11. Very nice looking tree. We have several of these in our yard. They got "nipped in the bud" this past week but look like they may be okay. They flower beautifully but the blooms have quite a smell to them when you get close!

  12. I keep meaning to join in with this meme, but I always forget to start!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

  13. Not familiar with this tree, but hope yours survived last year's damage. At my old apartment, I had a beautiful crabapple outside my front window. Roofers broke a HUGE section near the top and I was worried we would lose the tree. It did not bloom much the following year, but did eventually come back.

  14. I love the shape of your tree, even without the missing branch!
    And that's a great picture of the wet fruit. It's a species I haven't heard of, so I will watch with interest through the seasons.
    I hope spring comes to your part of the world soon.
    All the best :)


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