Avoid Planting Invasive Pear Trees

Governor Eric Holcomb has proclaimed this week, as Invasive Species Awareness Week in Indiana, an important reminder for Hoosiers to watch for potentially devastating pests.

Ornamental pear trees, most commonly known as Bradford pears, have been a popular landscaping tree in Indiana for decades.
So popular that they are crowding out native Indiana trees.

For that reason, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources encourages homeowners and landscapers to avoid planting such trees and to replace them when possible.