Famous for its springtime blooms and signature silhouette, the Bradford Pear Tree is a true staple of the season. When the weather warms up in spring, the Bradford provides a blanket of white blooms that’s iconic…blooms that thrive through a variety of hard conditions.
In fact, the Bradford tolerates both pollution and drought. Hot temperatures and dry conditions are no problem for the Bradford Pear. Plus, it’s perfect for lining streets, driveways and beyond because it’s not affected by smog or car exhaust. Another perk? You can plant the Bradford in an array of soil types – and it still grows well, even in clay.
Planting & Care
1. Planting: Start by choosing an area with full sun for your Bradford Pear Tree…this means about 6 to 8 hours of sunlight per day. And any soil type will suffice, provided the soil is well-draining. To plant your Bradford Pear Tree, dig a hole deep enough to cover its root ball. After placing your tree, tamp down the soil while backfilling to avoid air pockets. Finally, water your Bradford to ensure the roots are settled.
2. Watering: Once the Bradford is established, it’s tolerant to drought; however, a consistent watering schedule is important the first few growing seasons. To test when and how much to water your Bradford Pear, check the top 2 to 3 inches of soil – if it’s dry, it’s time to water until the soil is moist but not oversaturated for best results.
3. Fertilizing: Fertilizer for your Bradford should not be necessary, unless you notice slower growth. But if you do fertilize, do so with a well-balanced blend before new growth begins in the spring.
4. Pruning: Prune your Bradford as needed during the winter months.