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The Bradford pear is one of our most commonly planted ornamental landscape trees. Its rootstock, however, can spawn an invasive culprit and better planting choices are more environmentally desirable. (Photo courtesy Ala. DCNR)

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OUTDOORS: Bradford pear not as pretty as it seems

One of the most popular ornamentals in the Southeast is the Bradford pear tree.

Although various traits make it a favorite for many who want to beautify their properties, the Bradford pear brings with it some dark secrets.

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