Not all horticultural success stories turn out well in the end. Voted by the US National Landscape Association in 1982 as the second-most popular tree in the USA, ‘Bradford’ pear has fallen into disrepute. It has prompted such article titles as, “The Pros & Cons of Bradford Pears“, “ Who Let the Pears Out?“, and perhaps most ominously, “The Coming Plague of Pears” (thanks to Michael F for suggesting the latter two links on the UBC forums recently). Long story short: near-ideal street-tree planting due to disease resistance, lack of fruit production, fast-growth and adaptability turns out to have a weak growth structure for resisting ice and wind as well as fruit production when other related cultivars are introduced and cross-pollination can take place. The latter quality, combined with its adaptibility, is now revealing the invasive potential of the plant. It is now recommended in some areas to avoid planting new trees, as well as removing established ones.