NC Bradford Pear Bounty

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Image of a blooming Bradford pear tree with vibrant white blooms covering the tree.

Bradford pear tree in full bloom. Image by Dr. Kelly Oten.

The Bradford pear tree is an ornamental commonly planted tree in North Carolina. Sure, it has pretty blossoms, but it’s also structurally weak, stinky, and harmful to our native ecosystems! Bradford pears can breed with other varieties of pear trees and spread in natural forests, replacing native trees and creating “food deserts” for birds.

You’ll see their characteristic white blooms in full effect in March or early spring.

We’re teaming up with the NC Forest Service, NC Urban Forest Council, and NC Wildlife Federation to encourage North Carolinians to properly remove and replace these invasive trees.

Close up image of multiple white Bradford pear flowers with pink or brown speckles on the petals.

Image of white Bradford pear blooms. Image by Dr. Kelly Oten.

When you cut down your Bradford pear tree, we’ll give you a native tree to replace it! You must sign-up to attend the NC Bradford Pear Bounty event on April 23, 2022 in Greensboro, NC to pick up your native tree.

*We are planning more events in various locations across NC. Specifc dates and locations are unknown at this time.

To learn more about this event visit:

To learn more about Bradford pears, how to remove them, and why to remove them, read this article from NC State CNR asking Dr. Kelly Oten about this tree and the current bounty offered.