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Bradford Pear Damage

By: Jennifer Morris, Forest Health Specialist

Bradford pears (Pyrus calleryana ‘Bradford’) have shown bark cracking and bark sloughing in the last few years. Mower injury and stress fractures from heavy snow loads or high wind events may lead to bark cracking and sloughing, but it is more likely that most of the damage has been caused by temperature fluctuations that we have experienced in the fall, winter and spring over the course of several years.