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Old 03-17-2012, 03:35 PM
Jackmannii is offline
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Originally Posted by gravitycrash View Post
Cleveland Pears are probably the fastest growing ornamental tree. They are slightly stronger than Bradford Pears although you should keep it somewhat sheltered from the prevailing wind/usual direction where you get severe weather from.
Cleveland pears are supposed to be more breakage resistant than Bradfords, but both have been linked with invasiveness problems. Around here I see a lot of volunteer pears growing along roadsides. Whether or not this is considered a threat to wildlife habitat in your area is something the county extension service/university horticulture department in your area should be able to address.

The trees forum on Gardenweb has a lot of knowledgeable people willing to dispense useful advice and snark. Just don't mention Bradford pears over there.

Last edited by Jackmannii; 03-17-2012 at 03:37 PM.