For years, the Bradford pear has been an iconic Southern tree (simply because they're everywhere). The invasiveness of 'Bradford' pears has become so bad that a county in Kentucky is offering a free alternative tree to anyone who cuts down a 'Bradford' in their yard. Grumpy Gardener Steve Bender is here to tell you that this stinky, oversized tree is not worth the hassle, though. and was known for its weak branch structure. Outside a local shopping center in my town there were about 6-7 bradford pear trees that ran along the building. But Pyrus calleryana isn't typically grown for its fruit. I was in Tennessee. Although the blooms look nice, they smell horrible, almost like rotten seafood. Unfortunately, they are very poisonous to horses. Leaves are variably smooth or hairy. I love to use it in commercial or campus type applications since it's regular, oval form is so consistent. The following are the trees I am interested in using: Pin Oak, Leyland Cyprus, Cedar, Mimosa, Crepe Myrtle, Bradford Pear, Fruiting Cherry (sour cherries that you make pie from), Kwansan Cherry (ornamental), Peach, and Dogwood (pink and white). ANSWER: Fresh alfalfa pasture can cause bloating in cattle and some say that when frozen, can cause problems for horses, too. I would like to plant trees along the fence line to provide shade for the horses and for eye appeal. That said, cutting down all the Bradford Pears in a neighborhood is a little like closing the barn door after the horse … The seeds of the Bradford pear are no more toxic than any other type of pear seed. Loquats Fruit : Eating large amounts of loquats can have a mild sedative effect in people, but this is undocumented in horses. Fruits are more toxic than the foliage. This flowering tree was assumed to be sterile (spoiler alert- it isn’t!) More than the undesirable traits of Bradford Pears (short lifespan, dangerous breakage of limbs in matures trees) the crosses are mostly just as bad as the article describes. From its overabundance of shade to weak branching structure, Bradford pears are the worst trees … It's a common plant in grasslands and fields and is a member of the nightshade family. However, its seed to pulp ratio is particularly high. 'Bradford' pear trees are the trees people love to hate. The fruit is actually a pear, and not a "berry". They are beautiful trees and I have seen Bradford pear trees available that do not bloom or bear fruit. Horse nettle is a perennial plant, two-feet-high, with spiny stems and leaves, and smooth, orange-yellow berries. Notorious for their funky-smelling flowers, these blooming trees are a sign of spring in many places—but that's not to say they're welcomed with smiling faces. Bradford pears are not good because the leaves contain cyanide. Then it turned invasive. Black nightshade is an annual plant, two-feet high, with many branches. Tree bark: Essential oils (methyl chavicol and anethole) found in avocado tree bark have an anise odor that can make it appealing to horses, but the presence of persin renders it nocuous. I was also wondering if either Crepe Myrtle or Bradford Pear trees are poisonous to horses. Bradford Pear Tree. Theoretically, it's fairly easy to eat enough Bradford pears to poison yourself. They are great to have in areas that the horses are not able to get to. A pear seedling selection named Bradford was cloned by the gazillion to become the ubiquitous street tree of America’s postwar suburban expansion. The Bradford pear (Pyrus calleryana) is a small ornamental flowering tree used extensively in landscape design. Bradford pears are okay, however if they do bear fruit you run the risk of the horses eating the pears. 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