Gnoza Knows It | Why do Bradford Pear trees smell so bad?


    This is the time of the year when I issue a public service announcement regarding a specific kind of tree that can have very unsettling and divisive consequences.

    In fact that tree reared its ugly head yesterday in our station parking lot while I was enjoying a break with Sara Small.

    Unbeknownst to me, Sara believes that I have certain issues that she clearly does not want to be a part of.

    I did nothing wrong here. But I know the culprit.

    It's the Bradford Pear Tree. It's called a pear tree for the way it is shaped. It has no fruit. But it blooms this time of the year and the blooms just reek.

    They've been compared to several things, none of them good and few of them worthy enough of my high level of credibility.

    The tree is native to China and Vietnam but it started popping up American cities in the 1950's.

    And they went viral so to speak.

    It is my duty to educate everyone, because if you're on a first date let's say and you aren't familiar with the species referred to by low budget arborists as “stankaloticus”, you might assume that something has crawled up your partner and died.

    The state of Alabama considers these trees to be invasive and is trying to eradicate them. Officials say the stinkers can displace or kill native species. They are fragile and susceptible to breaking during high winds or heavy snow.

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