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Free Trees at the Callery/Bradford Pear BuyBack!
April 26, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
As a part of our #NoInvasivesPlantNatives campaign, we are offering a FREE native tree to folks who who supply photos of a cut-down Bradford (callery) pear tree in their yards! The offer is limited to one native tree per photo proof of cut-down tree. Participants are invited to pick up their trees at Forest Releaf CommuniTree Gardens Nursery (2194 Creve Coeur Mill Rd SOUTH) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 26th while supplies last.
Some context on this invasive species from Carol Davit of the Missouri Prairie Foundation and the Missouri Invasive Plant Task Force:
“People once planted callery pear trees for the beauty of their spring blossoms…We now understand that when non-native callery pear cultivars cross pollinate, the hybrid offspring become invasive, and are already causing harm to properties across the state…We don’t want to merely encourage landowners to keep invasive species from spreading; we want to teach people how to plant beneficial native species in place of invasive plants. We are excited to partner with Forest ReLeaf, whose mission is to restore and sustain urban forests by planting trees and enriching communities.”
Native to China, callery pear limbs generally grow vertically, forming a pyramid or egg shape. In early April, very dense clusters of white flowers cover the tree before leaves form. In maturity, they reach heights of 30 to 40 feet. Property owners are encouraged to cut the trees during spring (when they are easy to identify) as a means to reducing populations from spreading in unwanted areas.It is also recommended that homeowners treat the stumps with herbicide.
Message us here or email [email protected] with any questions! We look forward to seeing you there.