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mslehv
Columbus, OH
(Zone 5b)

September 19, 2011
8:52 PM

Post #8815751

1983. The baby Bradfords soon after planting. There were probably twenty in all.

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mslehv
Columbus, OH
(Zone 5b)

September 19, 2011
8:57 PM

Post #8815761

2005. They grew rapidly, crowding out the sky. Their limbs and trunks were fragile although this was a partcularly violent storm.

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mslehv
Columbus, OH
(Zone 5b)

September 19, 2011
9:04 PM

Post #8815767

2005. The same storm with a trunk snapped like a twig. The cars belonged to a neighbor who parked them with us because he was having a July 4th Party.

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mslehv
Columbus, OH
(Zone 5b)

September 19, 2011
9:08 PM

Post #8815772

2006. Removal day. Although they hogged the sunlight and generally made a mess, this was not a happy occasion.

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mslehv
Columbus, OH
(Zone 5b)

September 19, 2011
9:09 PM

Post #8815774

2007. I guess this as final as it gets for a tree.

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mslehv
Columbus, OH
(Zone 5b)

September 19, 2011
9:11 PM

Post #8815776

2009. Back to square one. We're still debating what to do.

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jazzy1okc
Oklahoma City, OK

September 20, 2011
3:41 AM

Post #8815850

I would think your best bet would be to take a look at what is growing in the older gardens in Columbus as well as looking at what your state's agricultural college recommends. So many people plant trees based on fast growth and don't realize that fast growth often equals brittle wood.
Here's a fact sheet:
http://ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/1000/1082.html
debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 20, 2011
5:22 AM

Post #8815920

Mslehv~ I sure relate to what happened with your BPs. Very good thread substantiating what goes on over time!

Jazzy~ So true about faster growing trees. The problem is that they are so easy to grow, nurseries are always selling them to the unsuspecting public.

Thank you so much for your comments!

:-Deb
mslehv
Columbus, OH
(Zone 5b)

September 28, 2011
9:02 PM

Post #8828674

Thanks Jazzy and Deb.

We actually didn't select the Bradfords. They were part of an entire landscaping project covering two acres that generally ended up extremely well. This was before we knew very much about gardening. I recall the designer saying he envisioned a French "allée."

What's the story on some of the newer pear cultivars such as the Cleveland Select although they may just be too big for the location? We have a number of Serviceberries and those are relatively easy to shape and control without the disadvantage of really dense shade.

MSL

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