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Which pear are you?

I’ve been keeping an eye on these flowering pears in Freeland near Whidbey Coffee.  Flowering pears are not  recommended much anymore, likely because the popular cultivar ‘Bradford’, is very narrowly upright and is prone to splitting (as in half) and meeting its demise early – 20 years is long-lived.   There are now other, better cultivars available however and so flowering pears may deserve a second look.    Small white flowers, sturdy glossy green foliage – but pow! look at the color here at the end of November.

Pyrus calleryana – possibly the cultivar ‘Bradford’

Are these the notorious cultivar ‘Bradford’?  Only time will tell . . .

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