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World War II had just ended, incomes were skyrocketing, the Baby Boom was underway — and Americans were reveling in first-time homeownership and the mass marketing of automobiles.
The post-war expansion of American suburbia had been set in motion.
The beginning of the post-war period was a dynamic time that affected society on all levels and shaped the world as we know it today.
Over the next 50 years, the American dream was epitomized by owning a home on a quiet, tree-lined street in a residential area. People sought escape from overcrowded cities.
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And the Callery pear, a non-native tree species introduced from Asia in the early 1900s, was often chosen to line those streets.
The tree quickly became a favorite in landscaping for its adaptability, its flowering color and its rounded crown.
This March 10, 2022, image provided by Kelly Oten Shows a "Bradford" callery pear tree in full bloom in North Carolina. (Kelly Oten, North Carolina State University via AP)
If you, too, have chosen the tree for your property, or inherited it from previous owners, you may now find yourself battling to control and maintain it.
Removal can be difficult.
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But it is possible if performed in a specific manner.
And for those considering a new planting — there are plenty of suitable replacements.
Favored for its fast growth, tight habit, glossy leaves, beautiful white spring flowers, striking fall foliage and stress tolerance, the initially sterile "Bradford" cultivar was the darling of developers across much of the eastern, central and southern United States.
When its weak branch structure was recognized as problematic, other, somewhat stronger cultivars, like "Cleveland Select" and "Aristocrat" were bred.
But there were additional problems, not fully recognized until decades later when the different cultivars cross-pollinated and began producing fruit and dropping seeds.
For alternative plantings, there are plenty of beautiful and native tree species that offer appeal to property owners and home dwellers. (iStock)
First, there was the smell emanating from those beautiful, white spring blossoms, which can only be described as essence of putrefied fish.
And residents would have to spend precious leisure time cleaning up slimy, rotted fruit from sidewalks and pulling up "babies," saplings that spread and formed dense stands with reckless abandon.
Inspect the rest of your property for saplings, which can pop up far from trees after wildlife spreads their seeds.
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