Monday, September 7, 2015

Tree Following: Disaster, September 7, 2015

I chose the 'Bradford' Ornamental Pear Tree to follow this year because it was storm-damaged last year, and I wanted to see how well it survived.  It was doing fine until...

Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA

August 7th (on Tree Following Day itself!) another section broke off. 

You can see the scar of last year's break just above and to the right of the new break. This break looks much more serious - the trunk is split all the way to the ground.

Husband contemplating the clean-up job

'Bradford' Ornamental Pears are prone to break, especially as they get larger. This one, about 30 years old, is huge.

'Bradford' Ornamental Pear, September 6, 2015

Only time will tell if it survives the Winter to bloom again in the Spring. Meanwhile, since there is so much more sunlight in this spot, I plan to plant sun-loving flowers there beside my driveway. I have some Butterfly Milkweed seeds. Wouldn't they be beautiful there!

Have a wonderful week!
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  1. That's dramatic! Hope you can burn the wood - pearwood smells lovely on a fire. Hope the pear shrugs this off - always amazes me how scars heal over, so fingers crossed.

  2. It is a pretty tree, so sad to see branches and sections breaking off. Have a happy new week ahead!

  3. I'm so sorry about that split. It seems it has not been a good month for trees.

  4. The bradford pears always seem to be really vulnerable to wind and lightning, just when they reached their prettiest.

  5. Oh , that's a shame, though as big as it is (was), not unexpected. I think milkweed is a great choice for the new, sunny spot.

  6. Oh, no! Sorry to hear that your tree split again. Here's hoping it survives the winter!

  7. Here's hoping the disaster will turn into something good - healthy pear, lots of blossom, lots of light and flowers below. Fingers crossed!

  8. We have a bradford pear tree in our yard and just discovered it cracked in two places this past week. We are trying to cable it together to mend it. But based on my reading, this is a common problem : - (. It's a pretty tree but I'm not optimistic we can fix it.


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