Did You Ever Eat A Bradford Pear?

Yeah, Bradfords aren't supposed to be fruit-bearing.
Our Brad's just a skinny, skanky stick because it was within a copse of fast-growing hybrid poplars depriving it of light. In 2005, we removed the pops as they were beginning to succumb to wind storms.
The Brad's still just a 15-foot stick, but for some reason, either in gratitude for taking down the poplars, or perhaps it had something to do with the drought March-August 2006, ol' Brad produced about a dozen large pears. Most fell to the ground hard and stayed hard.
However, two of them ripened nicely. They looked identical to large Bartletts and were very juicy. Quite sweet too, but with a slight tang.
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snipped-for-privacy@home.net (Jack) wrote in

Bradford Pears actually do bear fruit. It's about the size of a small acorn and inedible. I don't think what you have is a Bradford Pear.
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Actually, they are, but very small... sort of cherry sized fruits. See: http://tinyurl.com/h85ur or http://rnrstreamer.lsu.edu/ecosystems/webtour/species/bradfo rdpear/bradfordpear.htm
Fruits can be used to make "perry", q.v.

The good news is, you don't have a bradford pear. Overused street tree, weak-wooded, winter-scalds, mostly looks pretty bad in a few years. Since you had to take the poplars out because of wind damage, a bradford pear would have been not much better in a few years.
Enjoy your pear crop!
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Curious, because I paid for a Brad and the flowers every year have been showy, notwithstanding the tree's small stature.
About 50 yards away, I have a Bartlett pear, grown from seed in 1979, and now 40 ft. tall.
Maybe the two had sex and the Bartlett's genes dominate the babies.
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All pears have showy flowers, not just the bradfords. Either you bought something that was mismarked or the top died and the rootstock took over. Also, if your "bartlett" is from seed, then it is not a bartlett. If you planted a seed from a bartlett pear, then you have a different tree, one that would have charachteristics of one of bartletts parent plants.
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snipped-for-privacy@home.net (Jack) wrote:

They produce very small cherry like fruit that is hard and stays on the tree well after the leaves fall. After it freezes it is the preferred food of squirrels. They will hang from their tails to get the last pear.

You may well have a Bartlett pear. You certainly don't have a Bradford. Perhaps your Bradford was grafted on a Bartlet and the Bradford top died leaving the Bartlet sucker. Just a guess.
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