Asked on Apr 22, 2012

I had a Bradford Pear tree in front yard for 12 years but it became blighted and poor shape so had it cut down.

John R360 Sod (Donna Dixson)Douglas Hunt


Would like to replace with another tree possibly Rosebud or willow oak? Area has hawthorne shrubs surrounding but is irrigated. Will old roots be a problem? Better suggestion for replacement? Thanks!
3 answers
  • Douglas Hunt
    on Apr 22, 2012

    John, do you mean a redbud? That is an infinitely better tree than a Bradford pear. You might also consider a serviceberry or a magnolia. Dealing with the old roots can be an issue. I planted a new shrub where I'd had a wax myrtle last week and getting rid of the roots was a bear! If you can plant to the side of where the old tree was, things will be much easier for you (and the new tree). Here's an article from Alabama's Cooperative Extension service that lists a few other alternatives:

  • 360 Sod (Donna Dixson)
    on Apr 22, 2012

    A Willow Oak can easily get 80 ft tall, so I would not recommend going very close to your house with one. Do you know the amount of sun you get in that area?

  • John R
    on Apr 22, 2012

    Yes REDBUD. Thanks for your help. I will try planting away from the old tree central root by at least 4 feet ... in the fall.

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