PLANT THIS, NOT THAT Malus 'Spring Snow' v. Bradford Pear


Pyrus calleryana 'Bradfori'

Bradford Pear trees (Pyrus calleryana 'Bradfordi'), with their profusion of white flowers, are a common sight along the roadways in April. Admittedly they are pretty, but don't be pulled in. Not only are they prone to splitting thus making it a short lived tree, Bradford Pear trees, are a non-native, invasive species in New Jersey that should not be planted.

Pyrus calleryana 'Bradfori'


Malus 'Spring Snow'

Flowering crabapple trees such as Malus 'Spring Snow' are a great alternative to the Bradford Pear. These trees also thrive in full sun and bear a beautiful display of white flowers in April to May. They reach a height of about 25 feet and a width of 20 feet. The bright green leaves turn gold in the fall. Also, flowering crabapples provide early foliage for pollinators attracting bees, flies and butterflies. Malus 'Spring Snow' doesn't have berries so if you want to make the birds happy pick another cultivar such as 'Prairiefire' which has deep red and green leaves, pink flowers and lots of berries

Malus 'Spring Snow' - an absolute stunner.

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