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Just Say No to Bradford and Related Callery Pear Trees

If you want the facts about Bradford and related callery pear trees and certain species of Elaeagnus becoming illegal to sell starting in October of two thousand twenty four, please search Clemson News Invasive Bradford Pear or find a short fact sheet at Clemson H G I C, "Bradford Pear Banned from Sale." You’ll learn the reasons behind this decision and the fact that although the numerous Pyrus, or callery pear, cultivars and certain species of Elaeagnus will not be sold after October of two thousand twenty four, it will still be perfectly legal to have these plants growing in your yard. I hope though, that you may decide to remove them and replant with one of the many beneficial non-invasive plants we can grow. Sometimes counties even give you a native tree if you take out your Bradford pear.

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Amanda McNulty is a Clemson University Extension Horticulture agent and the host of South Carolina ETV’s Making It Grow! gardening program. She studied horticulture at Clemson University as a non-traditional student. “I’m so fortunate that my early attempts at getting a degree got side tracked as I’m a lot better at getting dirty in the garden than practicing diplomacy!” McNulty also studied at South Carolina State University and earned a graduate degree in teaching there.