I am new to this web site, and also to my new home. We just purchased a seven year old home that has fourteen Bradford Pear trees lining the driveway. After reading most of the above posts, and also based on my previous knowledge of this tree, I am determined to do something about them before they start to create problems. As yet there are no suckers, but there is uneven growth up the base of the trunks, with some limbs starting low to the ground, and other trees starting their limbs about three to four feet off the ground. This makes for difficult mowing around them, and some of the lower limbs have actually broken off with minimal contact. Having trees to line the drive is a nice touch, but what can I use to replace these with that will not be a hazard, and that will be uniform? I am not a fan of evergreens, and anyway have a myriad of them around the house.
Sorry for the long delay in getting back to you. You are very wise to consider replacing them now, and finding a suitable replacement. Since they are less than 10 years old it will much easier to eradicate them.
The most ideal replacement is best narrowed down by going to the USDA Tennessee plants sites. Get a list of all your native trees and select what you love from them. Trees are an important commitment to make, and you are fortunate to make your choice this early.
Please let me know what you decide on, or if you need any more help narrowing it down.