Re: [gardeners] Bradford pear trees

Lon J. Rombough (
Sun, 08 Jul 2001 21:31:13 -0700

There is an unusual alternative.  You could get some scions of Chanticleer
and graft the broken Bradford trees over to it next spring.  You'd have to
tolerate the broken trees until then, but once grafted, the new variety
would become a new tree much faster than if you planted trees of Chanticleer
and waited for them to mature.  A copy of "The Grafters Handbook" by R. J.
Garner will teach you, or you could join the North American Fruit Explorers 
(NAFEX) and find a local person (there are members everywhere) who can graft
the trees for you.  See
-Lon Rombough
Grapes, writing, consulting, more, plus word on my grape book at

>Subject: [gardeners] Bradford pear trees
>Date: Sun, Jul 8, 2001, 6:42 PM

>We had a storm this evening that hit hard and as a result three of our twelve 
>Bradford pear trees that formed an arch between our house and barns were 
>damaged in the tops... two pretty severely. Has anyone done any tree work? I 
>am thinking that I could top and shape the remaining to maybe make a 
>difference. I did not know six years ago that Bradford were famous for not 
>being strong trees and Chanticlear were much stronger than Bradford or 
>Aristocrat. The only other option is to take two...leave one as a pattern for 
>the remaining. I am trying to decide if a blue spruce would look good as a 
>replacement spaced in-between. Actually it makes me sick. The look was so 
>good the way it was.