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Re: Bradford Pear Trees not blooming


Re : Bradford Pear Trees -- Elizabeth Smith
Posted by Newt , May 15,2005,03:33    Top of Thread   Forum

Hi Elizabeth,

Gosh, 100 inches of snow!! I used to live in the Catskills and have always missed my mountains since moving to Maryland, but I think I'll leave that much snow for you! ;)

If other pears in the area are blooming, then I doubt it was the snow. A few things that come to mind are the possibility that they were planted too deeply or have too much mulch around the trunk of the trees. Take a look here to see if this is your situation.
http://www.tlcfortrees.info/planting%20depth.htm
http://www.mortonarb.org/research/treeroots.html
http://www.treesaregood.com/treecare/mulching.asp

Another possibility could be that they were planted with burlap and/or wire baskets left on. That can cause the roots to be restrictrd and tree decline.

Another possibility would be ash whitefly.
http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/ent/notes/O&T/trees/note113/note113.html

You also don't say if they have ever bloomed. If not, it could possibly be that they just aren't mature enough to bloom.
http://www.ppdl.purdue.edu/ppdl/expert/Bradford_Pear.html

It's difficult to diagnose from here without knowing what else might have changed in the environment or a more extensive description. You do have an excellent extension service that might be able to help.
http://www.cce.cornell.edu/

Newt


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