Bradford pear

Once a popular ornamental tree, Bradford pears are now considered invasive.

FRANKFORT — Kentucky property owners looking to rid their yards of invasive and troublesome Bradford pear trees may find help through the Bradford Pear Bounty Program. The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, in partnership with the Remove Invasives Partnership of Franklin County and other local organizations, hosts the event to provide land owners an opportunity to exchange their Bradford pears for free young native replacement trees.

Bradford pear trees are popular landscape trees throughout Kentucky due to their glossy foliage and beautiful flowers. However, the trees are problematic due to their weak branches, short life expectancy and invasive offspring, the Callery pear. These invasive trees have spread throughout the state, causing damage to natural habitats and pushing out native plant species.