Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1178

Tree
Perennial

Non-native: China
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Commonly planted, becoming an agressive naturalizer

Look for it in fields, roadsides, and disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora

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INVASIVE

This plant is causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

Alabama Invasive Plant Council, 2012
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2006
Kentucky Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2013
SC Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2014
SC Native Plant Society
Tennessee Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2009
US Forest Service Southern Research Station
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, 2014

 

full sun

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring
White
Radially symmetrical
5 sepals (rarely 4)
5 petals (rarely 4)

FRUIT:
Fall

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Rosales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Pyrus calleryana   FAMILY Rosaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Pyrus calleryana   FAMILY Rosaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Bradford Pear, Callery Pear


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JK Marlow    jkm0502b_11

February    Greenville County    SC

Parking lot

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JK Marlow    jkm0403m_03

March    Greenville County    SC

Downtown Greenville

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JK Marlow    jkm0403m_07

March    Greenville County    SC

Parking lot

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JK Marlow    jkm080324_010

March    Greenville County    SC

One of the South's most overplanted trees, per The Southern Living Garden Book.

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JK Marlow    jkm080324_016

March    Greenville County    SC

To see seedlings apparently parented by these trees, scroll down to December.

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JK Marlow    jkm080324_020

March    Greenville County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm080324_021

March    Greenville County    SC

Unfortunately the buying public has not caught up to this tree's problems, per Manual of Woody Landscape Plants.

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_pyrus_calleryana

March        

Large clusters of brilliantly white flowers with maroon-tipped anthers, per A Field Guide for the Identification of Invasive Plants in Southern Forests.

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Paul Thompson    pstpyrus_calleryana

September?        

Leaves ovate to orbicular with acuminate tips. — Clemson Extension

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JK Marlow    jkm0411i_08

November    Greenville County    SC

Parking lot

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JK Marlow    jkm0411i_11

November    Greenville County    SC

Parking lot

Leaves often tufted on short branchlets, per A Field Guide for the Identification of Invasive Plants in Southern Forests.

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JK Marlow    s041130_a

November    Greenville County    SC

Parking lot

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JK Marlow    s041130_b

November    Greenville County    SC

Parking lot

Initially circular, maturing to ovate or slightly cordate with tapering tip, per A Field Guide for the Identification of Invasive Plants in Southern Forests.

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JK Marlow    jkm0412a_33

December    Greenville County    SC

Bunched Arrowhead Heritage Preserve

Twigs often with spiny spur shoots, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.

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JK Marlow    jkm071203_006

December    Greenville County    SC

Field

Homes across the road are landscaped with this invasive (see March pics).