Ornamental pear

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  1. Oneofsix

    Oneofsix bag of mostly water Charter Member Supporting Member

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    Wasn't quite sure where to put this, homestead, cooking?
    So, is an ornamental pear tree any good for cooking or anything other than just plain old burning?

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    It’s good to smoke with
     
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    Bring a trailer, I'll send you home with a buttload of pecan too.

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    If its a bradford or calorie pear tree, best thing it can be is firewood.
     
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    I want to say it's Bradford...
    Ovalish leaves and tiny fruit about pea sized.

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    You would need a metric "s" ton of fruit and multi processing steps to create anything edible from it.

    Just enjoy the spring beauty or cut it for firewood.
     
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    If you weren’t so far away I would’ve come gotten that pecan off your barn for you for the wood.
     
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    Understand- the seasoned stuff is under the open section, lol.
    I'll have to move it eventually. Haven't made the final decision yet on the barn, going to get a shipping container to store the remaining stuff in before reno/demo can even start.

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    Yeah Bradford pear makes good smoke wood. I've used it.
     
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    I planted three at our old place, about 10 years ago the one nearest the house (naturally) split during an ice storm. They're fast growing but it comes at the price of wood stability. I cut it up and used it in the firebowl to cook over and in the smoker. The other two are still going strong at our now rental house.

    Personally having had that experience I've come around to the opinion of the lady that used to do the weekend gardener show on WUNC radio. When asked how best to prune a bradford pear tree her answer was always to start at about an inch above ground level. I'll never plant another LOL.
     
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    Lol, I definitely hear that.
    It was here when we bought the place 10 years ago and it's been a good shade tree ever since. Just getting to the point that the last few hurricanes have got it leaning pretty good so I'm trying to trim it up.
    Also needed to cut some of it off so I can bring a shipping container in through that little space.

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    I've got 2 cords of bradford drying now from the tree Florence pruned for me, it'll keep us warm this winter. I have the remnant of the big one still growing and one other, Neither will make it past winter, they break too often, they stink when they bloom and their root systems go everywhere (volunteers pop up everywhere).
     
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    Yep, that's a bradford pear.

    Its an imported tree from Vietnam. Its got very dense wood. Stuff is heavy! And it forms weak branch unions with lots of bark inclusion. If you keep them pruned up they can last a long time, but left to grow naturally, they eventually gets so big and top heavy that any sort of wind, snow, etc, will just tear them apart. They tend to split down the middle.
     
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    +1 on the stinky.