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Reno-Sparks Moving Away from Bradford Pear Trees Due to Invasiveness and Smell

By TheNevadaGlobeStaff, May 8, 2023 11:10 am

NEVADA – Bradford Pear trees may be blooming all across Reno-Sparks, but their strong smell and invasive nature have prompted the city to transition away from the species. The tree, which is native to China and Vietnam, is considered an invasive species in the United States, and Ohio, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina are among the states banning the sale and planting of the Bradford Pear.

Matt Basile, the city’s urban forester, said the Bradford Pear is the most common tree in the city’s inventory, making up 8.2% of all city-owned trees. However, the city is moving towards a diverse urban forest that is resilient to pests, diseases, and a changing climate while increasing overall tree canopy to increase cooling shade, air quality, and stormwater interception.

Jaz Ingall-Francis started an online petition to remove the trees from Reno, citing their invasive tendencies and high water consumption. While the city doesn’t remove trees, it has updated its recommended tree list to prohibit planting Bradford Pear trees in the right of way and parks. Councilwoman Naomi Duerr said the city is transitioning away from the species in favor of more suitable ones.

Credits: Fox Reno

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