Bradford pear

Brad·​ford pear | \ ˈbrad-fərd- How to pronounce Bradford pear (audio) \
variants: or less commonly Bradford Callery pear or Bradford callery pear

Definition of Bradford pear

: a widely planted ornamental deciduous tree that is a thornless and fruitless cultivar of the Callery pear (Pyrus calleryana) The major problem with Bradford pears is that its upright habit in youth produces a weak branch structure. Branches may split off as the tree ages.The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, Louisiana)

First Known Use of Bradford pear

1964, in the meaning defined above

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“Bradford pear.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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