Bradford pear blossoms are everywhere today! They are the perfect tear-drop shaped trees in heavy bud or flower like snowstorms all along the edges of practically every main road and highway in the area. I think they are most dense between DC and Baltimore. These invasive trees are the first to bloom in the spring and the last to shed their colorful red, yellow, orange and purple leaves in the fall. The tough leaves thickly blanket the ground, preventing all other plants from growing anywhere near them. One of the reasons you don’t want to plant them in your yard is their trunks break easily in a strong wind. FYI, after discovering them in China, Mr.Bradford loaded his tree specimens on a ship but passed away before he could travel back to the United States. Unfortunately his trees made it safely.
Yesterday they were just getting started around here. They are FAST!