Bradford/ornamental pear trees: Love 'em or hate 'em?
So when I was younger, I used to enjoy looking at local Bradford pears, especially when they were in bloom. Plus, they gave such nice shade!
Now I am in a house with two Bradfords in the front yard. They are about 14 years old and give good shade to the front of the house, but the more I read about them, the more hate for them I come across. From short lifespans to weak trunks and splitting to the unmistakable smell, it seems people the world over have utter disdain for these trees these days.
Question: What is your personal opinion on Bradford or ornamental pear trees? If you were to start over, would you plant them in your yard?