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Group aims to de-popularize Bradford pear trees

This is a section of the branch of an Eastern Redbud tree (Cercis canadensis).  Distributed widely in Missouri and attractie when planted against the backdrop of evergreens, it is a suggested substitute for the non-native but overly popular Bradford Pear tree.

The Bradford pear tree, native to China and Taiwan, is now considered an invasive species in Missouri, according to a report by the Master Gardens of Greene County. It is mating with other cultivars and spreading.

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Date: 
Tuesday, March 10, 2015