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Old 04-25-2015, 06:18 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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We used to have some lining our driveway in Atlanta. They are all over Atlanta and when they bloom they stink to high heaven. They also are the first to crack open during a bad wind storm. Must have been a good idea at the time but just like rep Tip Photinias....everybody seems to be regretting them now.

What's That Smell? The Beautiful Tree That's Causing Quite A Stink : NPR
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Old 04-26-2015, 10:39 AM
 
Location: God's Country
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We used to have some lining our driveway in Atlanta. They are all over Atlanta and when they bloom they stink to high heaven. They also are the first to crack open during a bad wind storm. Must have been a good idea at the time but just like rep Tip Photinias....everybody seems to be regretting them now.

What's That Smell? The Beautiful Tree That's Causing Quite A Stink : NPR
Yeah, they were supposed to be the best thing since sliced bread but experience has shown otherwise. Like you said, they don't tolerate wind.
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Old 04-26-2015, 05:38 PM
 
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I hate those things and their look alikes the Franklin pear. Bloom time marks the beginning of serious allergy season for me. I had one of those at a previous house. The previous owner had paid $1200 for it so the house would have a tree out front when they sold. I hated it, but my husband would not let me cut it down. We had a major ice storm. Everyone else lost their pear trees in the storm. Not us. Ours lived. I was so diappointed.
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Old 04-26-2015, 07:42 PM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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I am not averse to the smell of the blossoms, but just this week, the stupid Bradford Pear in our yard lost 2 HUGE branches in a storm, and now we need to spend a bunch of money to correct the damage.
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Old 04-27-2015, 06:43 AM
 
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I lost all five trees after Hurricane Sandy, I'm glad actually. They took forever to shed their leaves in the fall. I was out raking in December. Hated that!
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Old 04-27-2015, 07:16 AM
 
Location: The Hall of Justice
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Haha! This was one of my first threads on City-Data:
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Old 04-27-2015, 07:40 AM
 
Location: Wilmington NC
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Don't see many of those any more!

I planted an Aristocrat Pear a few years back. It was a new hybrid designed to withstand the wind. It did not have quite the vertical growth pattern of the Bradford. That tree grew like crazy and I don't recall a smell. I would highly recommend it for anyone wanting a flowering tree.
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Old 04-27-2015, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Wonderland
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The first thing we did when we bought our house was chop down the three Bartlett pear trees in the backyard. Ugh. GOOD RIDDANCE.

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Old 04-27-2015, 09:25 AM
 
Location: CO
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The first thing we did when we bought our house was chop down the three Bartlett pear trees in the backyard. Ugh. GOOD RIDDANCE.
LOL, Kathryn, sometimes you have to be ruthless!
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Old 04-27-2015, 01:21 PM
 
Location: Denver, Colorado U.S.A.
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I never noticed them smelling bad. We have a lot of them in our neighborhood and I like the way they look. Plus they stay green so long
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