Jeff Burbrink-pear trees

This photo was taken at a local industrial park near Goshen along a berm on the property boundary.

You cannot drive around the county this week without seeing one of the beauties of spring, flowering pear trees.

Chances are, you or a neighbor have a Bradford pear in your lawn. They have been a staple in the landscape for decades. People like their pretty white flowers early in the spring, glossy foliage in the summer and their scarlet fall-colored leaves. They grow under a wide variety of conditions and tolerate city conditions well. Add to that the trees are relatively disease and insect free and you have what might be considered the perfect tree for the landscape, right?

Jeff Burbrink is an educator with Purdue Extension Elkhart County. He can be reached at 574-533-0554 or

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