Buy Back offered on invasive Bradford pear trees in Iowa


The Bradford pear tree was introduced to North America in the 1960s from China and Taiwan, brought by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Soon the medium-sized landscaping tree became the most popular ornamental tree, prized for its glorious blooms in spring and long-lasting colors in autumn.

But its strong odor has become a problem for many and the tree creates a mess when the blooms fall. The trees choke out other plants and cost countless hours and resources to clear them from native woodlands. The trees have spread in parts of central and eastern Iowa and pose a significant ecological threat.

The Dallas County Roadside Management Program, in partnership with Bentley Ridge Tree Farm and Nursery and the Iowa Weed Commissioners’ Association, is holding a "buy back program" for Dallas County residents. Participants in the buy-back program will be able to obtain a free potted replacement tree for a cut-down Bradford pear tree.

Dallas County Roadside Management Program said in a statement:

Participants in the buy-back program will be able to obtain a FREE potted replacement tree at Bentley Ridge Tree Farm and Nursery in Grimes. Trees are being donated by Bentley Ridge and the Iowa Weed Commissioners’ Association and come in 5-10-gallon containers while standing 6+ feet tall. To be eligible for a FREE replacement tree, participants must submit their name and address and two photos of themselves, one next to their callery pear tree in flower and one next to their cut-down callery pear tree in flower.

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