Ohio outlaws ubiquitous pear trees

24 Mar.,2023


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Ohio is the first of several states taking steps to eradicate the once-popular ornamental trees, known for their white spring blossoms. A similar ban will go into effect in South Carolina starting in 2024.

In 2018, Ohio gave landscapers, growers, and nurseries five years of notice that the ban was coming so they could replace their inventories without causing financial harm.

University of Cincinnati biologist Theresa Culley said once established, pear trees are hard to remove. UC manages a southwest Ohio forest known as the Harris Benedict Nature Preserve, where Callery pear trees are sprouting in clearings.

“Seedlings of pear trees are now also showing up in the forest understory. They are very difficult to remove because they have a very long taproot,” Culley said.

Culley said the pear trees grow quickly and tolerate a variety of wet, dry, sunny or shady conditions.

“They’re extremely hardy. They can grow pretty much anywhere. They have abundant flowers that attract all kinds of pollinators so they end up with abundant fruit that birds disperse,” said Culley, who is head of UC’s Department of Biological Sciences.

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