22 thoughts on “Cleveland Select Callery Pear Trees [Pyrus calleryana]”

  1. Did you read the link? And some of the references presented? Is this legit?

    “The tree is known for its distinctive smell, which has been described as reminiscent of rotting flesh, [7] chlorine,[7] or semen.[8]”

  2. These trees are listed as Invasive by Pennsylvania, Missouri, and other states… Also by the National Forest Service which featured them as “Weed of the Week” in an advisory. Many lovely alternatives like Dogwoods are mentioned. This really didn’t require much homework. If you Google “ornamental pear” these hits all come on the first page of results.

    I wonder if these trees were selected by the same “Professional Arborist” who decided which trees had to be cut down.

  3. Of all the deciduous trees, pears are the weakest structurally. I applaud the city for panting trees. But they should have been more aware of the liability of planting pear trees.

    Pears architecture grows branches at the the most vertical inckine, which renders their branches at the point od meeting the trunk weaker than all other TREES in every family.

    Expect limb breakage when Snow and ice storms occur.
    I have a horticulture degree and the thing we learned first was never plant pears on road sides because they have the highest probability of breaking randomly due to stress.

    Is every cultivar and variety of Pyrus this likely to break? I don’t know, you’ll have to talk to a pear expert, and I hope the city did that before selecting Cleveland select callery.

  4. Thanks Anthony for the correction. Unfortunately they’re still Bradford Pears to me. Not too much different. But they are beautiful trees and if thinned out properly and taken care of, they’ll be beautiful throughout their short lives. People want fast growing, instant, cheap trees. These fit the bill.

  5. “In the world of trees, ‘fast-growing’ almost always equals weak and short-lived”, explains Arborist Jim Woodworth, Director of Tree Planting for the non-profit group “Casey Trees” in Washington DC. “That’s why we haven’t installed a single flowering pear in our program to re-tree the DC area; they’re weak, have brittle branches and a life span of only about 20 years.” He adds that he personally doesn’t see much difference between the original Bradford and the newer named varieties of flowering pears, like that too-tall ‘Cleveland’.

  6. Who in the city decides that we are going to go with the Callery Pear Tree? Doesn’t anyone in City Hall have a computer? How about when the vendor tells the City that they are going to plant Callery Pears we have someone who looks them up and finds out that they are weak, not good in wind and smell. Would anyone buy a Callery Pear for their home after reading about them?

  7. What do you expect from unqualified political hacks? Typical short-term solution without a plan and no vision for the future at a price high enough to give their friends lucrative contracts.

    Whether it’s bonding us with $150-million in debt or planting cheap temporary trees that are no more than woody weeds, this Council is consistent.

    Their contempt for you and me is legend. I’ve said it before: Every time, without exception that I give them the benefit of the doubt and expect them to do the right thing, I’m met with disappointment, corruption and incompetence.

    Hope they have someone left who knows how to use a chain saw to clean up the mess after every windy night.

  8. This is too good. A nearly imperfect decision. Is this incompetence or utter lack of concern? Don’t worry, in a few years they’ll all be yucking it up, retired in Florida, laughing how they hoodwinked a whole community time and time again. Wait and see how many kool-aid drinkers show up on the 29th at Kennedy Plaza to “walk to the boardwalk as community”. Hopefully no one trips and falls on a broken curb, or at least a certain someone on City Council. Hate to be sued again. This place just keeps on getting better.

  9. If the trees are as poor a choice as folks here think, since I gather they’ve only planted a handful so far, when probably thousands are anticipated, contacting the City Council and City manager to discuss asap would probably make sense. This site has served as a good organizing point on a variety of issues, and this may be the latest one.

  10. Publius, give us a break If this was private industry the idiot responsible for approving the Callery Pear planting would fired. Why don’t you send Jack & Co. the WIKI link from above. All this should have been done before the planting began.

  11. Joe — I am suggesting that you and anyone else who thinks this is a bad choice contact City Hall NOW WHILE THERE IS TIME, as it seems there are hundreds if not more trees yet to plant. So why don’t you send Jack and Co the wiki link? It seems to me like this may not have been a good plan, but until I get better educated about it, I will leave it those like yourself that are better informed than I. If I get there in the next day or two, I will send my email too, as I do with other issues I feel strongly about.

  12. You can contact “Jack & Co”, but they understand LB public opinion better than you do. The public is uninformed, they just want to see trees going into the ground, the average person isn’t informed on these matters. Just start tossing trees into the holes with plenty of photo-ops, politicize the yearly Sandy candlelight vigil for all its worth, get those 2015 calendars shipped out to all residents – and they will re-elect us. If the trees smell and die 15 years from now (at taxpayer expense of course, some new bond issue will take care of that), not enough people know or care to make a difference politically.

  13. Publius, you are on target. I contacted the City and have shared concerns about the tree planting. Let’s see what the response is to these comments.

  14. Dear Stupid, you’re mistaken when you assert that “they” don’t care about the trees.

    I sent an email to a City representative about our tree concerns and that person called me back in 5 minutes. We had a good conversation about the pluses and minuses of these trees.

    That person committed to follow-up on this, and they have always been true to their word in the past.

    So, Stupid, don’t assume that those who actually try to work with the City are fools, since we actually get things done.

  15. Dear Ed,

    You are a Tool.

    They are playing you like a fiddle. A nice discussion. They gave you a nice discussion. Did they tell you how important you were? Did they offer to do a survey?

    How about a Junior City Manager’s Hat? Did you get one of them too?

    You got hosed and you got weed trees. That’s what you got.

  16. Dear Stupid, you’re right…I am a tool. I am being used by the City Administration, by the people of the West End and by the volunteer groups I work with. In each instance I’m happy to work with and for them, without monetary compensation, to make this a better City.

    By the way, what do you get from making Stupid comments?

  17. Keep doing what you are doing, Ed. When you see something you don’t like, you don’t complain about how it is hopeless – you act. And your actions make a positive difference!

  18. Jacquie, thanks very much for your kind comments.

    There are actually many good people trying to make things better. They understand it’s a lot more fun (and beneficial) to improve things than to just complain.

    And, Imagine if more of us did just that!

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