Friday, April 2, 2010

Skywatch Friday - Bradford Pears

Tulsa has created decorative medians in a number of places.  This is driving north on Yale Avenue between South 51st and 61st Streets. Trees, primarily Bradford pears, are planted in a raised center faced with brick.  Bradford pears are so widely planted as to be dismissed by some as over used.  The reason they are so widely used is that they have many virtues; they bloom prolifically in the early spring, they are hardy during both the hot summers and cold winters, turn to a nice color in the fall, and bear small fruit that are eaten by birds during the winter.  What's not to like?


Yogi♪♪♪ said... [Reply to comment]

That is a nice grouping of pear trees. You are right, they are everywhere in Tulsa. They are very photogenic right now.

RennyBA's Terella said... [Reply to comment]

At first, just by looking at the photo, I kind of believed you're got snow again - but then I red about these tree and the blooming. Looks really beautiful and shows spring time are ahead at you're place compare to Oslo, Norway :-)

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Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Love the row of trees, it must smell good...

The clouds look like what I call "summer clouds".

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Did you take it from your car? Nice season, and composition, I love trees!

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

So beautiful -- hooray for some farsighted Tulsans! Our one Bradford has just produced its very first, very tiny leaves....... but it was 80 in Michigan yesterday.

DrillerAA said... [Reply to comment]

The Bradford pear's biggest downfall is that it is so dense, it does not tolerate ice, heavy snow or high winds. All of the above can snap large sections of branches from the tree and render it a rather ugly duckling.
Just for the record Silver leaf maples are the worst for losing large portions of the tree to high winds. Oklahoma's spring thunderstorms can wreak havoc on these trees.

Gena @ Thinking Aloud said... [Reply to comment]

Gorgeous!!! Love the amazing blossoms!!!!

Gena @ Thinking Aloud

Julie said... [Reply to comment]

Indeed, what's not to like. The same could be said about Port Jackson Figs in Sydney, except these cannot be used in median strips but are all over every park in the city. They are massive and have a verrrrry spreading habit.