Bradford Pear Trees
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Bradford Pear Tree-mature

Zone Kannapolis, NC 28083 | GirlnNC05 added on March 28, 2017 | Answered

I am located in NC and we had a significant freeze that lasted several days after the tree had bloomed. I have noticed that on one side of our mature Bradford Pear tree, a significant amount of leaves dying and falling off. As I drove around my local area I noticed many other Bradford Pear trees with the same issue, some in which were a few miles away and others several miles away. Is this possibly due to the direction the freeze came in or the winds associated with the lower temps? I did a small research and it does not look like fireblight. Thanks, NC March 2017

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Alisma
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Answered on March 28, 2017

Yes, this could be due to the wind direction during the freeze. If it's not fireblight, that's the most likely explanation. Your tree may recover with time and produce leaves on that side, unless the branches are dead. Here's how to check whether individual branches are dead:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/tgen/tree-scratch-test.htm

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