Plant of the Day: Ornamental Pear Tree

If you live in an area where trees are breaking out in fluffy white blooms, then you are probably looking at an ornamental pear tree.

Where I live in Los Angeles, these plants are popular “street trees” often planted by the city as part of the Million Trees initiative.

I love the fall colors of this deciduous (meaning it loses its leaves in fall) tree, and the way they erupt into a cloud of white flowers in the spring is enchanting. The one downside to this beauty is its fragrance which I find to be unpleasant. My little one always wants to bring in branches of the flowers but I can’t stand it!

Be a spark in the world and plant a tree! Or get a free one from the city if you live in LA!

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