Industry News: Environment

Pyrus, We Have a Problem: National Perspective on the Runaway Callery Pear

Wednesday, January 24, 2018  
Posted by: Julie Hill
 

I moved from Rochester to the Hudson Valley in 2010. In the eight years since, I’ve noticed a steady proliferation of escaped Callery pears in the Valley. From one undeveloped bowl of land at a busy corner in my town emerges a cloud of white in the spring and some admittedly striking fall color come late October/early November. The problem is that not much else is growing there now, and many of these volunteer trees have reverted to thorniness, creating giant impenetrable thickets.

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