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March Newsletter

Referred to as the Bradford Pear or the Cleveland Select, the Callery Pear tree is known for its ornamental appearance, white blooms and, notoriously, pungent smell. An invasive tree, it has been banned from being planted or sold in Ohio starting January 2023.

Thirty-eight plants have been declared invasive in Ohio by the Ohio Department of Agriculture, and among them is the Callery Pear tree, which tends to aggressively spread and crowd out native plants.

If there was a plant version of “Jekyll and Hyde,” it would be the Callery Pear tree, said Joe Boggs, assistant professor at Ohio University Extension Hamilton County, near Cincinnati.

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