Clemson University

Bradford Pear Bounty

Bradford pears are not native to the U.S. and have been widely planted in the Upstate for years. While the blossoms are pretty, they have a pungent odor and the trees often break during storms. Even worse, Bradford pear trees directly contribute to one of the worst invasive plant species in the Southeast – the callery pear. This program will give homeowners the option to remove Bradford pears and replace them with native trees.

Clemson area property owners are invited to exchange up to 5 Bradford Pear trees for an equal number of FREE, healthy, native, young replacement trees. 

The Bradford Pear is:

  • medium-sized tree with rounded form 
  • fast growing with rich autumn color
  • abundant white spring flowers, round fruits
  • flowers have an unpleasant odor
  • messy fruit and limb debris
  • shallow roots, weak structure, prone to split
  • needs trimming regularly
  • very invasive in natural or unmanaged areas

Registration and tree reservation is recomended. See the website for full detials and a link to register for the event. 

Saturday, February 29 at 9:00am to 1:00pm

Nettles Park 102 Nettles Park Road, Clemson, South Carolina 29670

Event Type

Cooperative Extension


Cooperative Extension Service, Anderson, College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences, Forestry and Wildlife Resources, Oconee, Pickens, Forestry and Environmental Conservation

Target Audience

General Public



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Dr. David R. Coyle

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Recent Activity

Andrea Kesler

Andrea Kesler left a positive review 2/28/2020

Very good location. Excellently organized. Very friendly, helpful staff. Worked perfectly for us!

Deborah Hallmark

Deborah Hallmark 2/6/2020

I have taken all my trees down years ago. Just remember, any little peice left behind will sprout. Also the stumps. Lots off trouble getting rid of them!

Elizabeth Hegenauer

Elizabeth Hegenauer 1/17/2020

Is this program just for SC or can Ga residence participate? Is just SC then what areas cause we know many whom would love to be rid of these horrible trees and love to replace them for some native ones. Would love to see more Fringe Trees come back. We have some here we will be happy to share with others to aid the replacement endeavor.

Walker Massey

Walker Massey posted a photo 1/10/2020

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