Bradford pear tree blooms fill air with rotting stench

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Ever smelled a truly awful stench while taking a walk through a park or residential area? The smell might be coming from an invasive Callery, or Bradford, pear tree.

According to NPR, Pittsburgh is brimming with Bradford pear trees and their blossoms, likened to the smell of dead fish, during the spring months. And residents have noticed.

The Bradford pear is not native to the United States. It was originally found in China and Vietnam. During the 1950s, the Bradford pear became popular in the U.S. and was planted in numerous cities.

The Pittsburgh Urban Forest Master Plan now forbids the planting of Bradford pear trees in Pittsburgh.

Via: NPR > What’s That Smell? The Beautiful Tree That’s Causing Quite A Stink

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