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callery pear (Pyrus calleryana)

callery pear (Pyrus calleryana)

A callery pear tree (Pyrus calleryana) blooms along a frequently disturbed fencerow. Callery pear is an invasive ornamental trees, recognizable by its showy, white flowers that bloom significantly earlier than other, native flowering plants. Callery pear is the offspring resulting from a cross between the Bradford pear cultivar and any other pear species. They are frequently thorny, and these thorns can damage logging equipment or hurt people and pets. (Photo by Richard Gardner, Bugwood.org)

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