Sunday Slideshow–Bradford Pear Blooms

The Bradford Pear trees reached their blooming peak this week.  These shots were taken shortly before rain caused the petals to shower down like snow.  Now the green leaves are appearing.  I don’t know why they are called pear trees since they do not produce pears.  They produce little berry-like things. Still they are beautiful trees with dark red fall foliage and a symmetrical shape.  People tend to plant Bradford Pears in abundance around this part of Tennessee.  They grow fast and always look nice with almost no pruning.  If anyone knows why they are called pear trees, I’d love to know.