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Bradford Pear

Pyrus calleryana - Bradford Pear is used extensively in the southeastern US for landscaping. The tree does have a big flaw, it has a tendency to branch out at one spot from the trunk. which makes it very weak and prone to wind and storm damage. The tree has a beautiful white blossum in the spring, but produces a pungent odor. The wood is tight grained and turns easily on the wood lathe. Recommended for experienced turners. Wood is typically light orange or light pink in color. This species is hard. Grain can be straight or wavy. Cutting requires sharp tools. Sands to a high lustre, finishes easily, and is stable when dried.