South Bend has had enough of the Bradford pear tree. So, the city is banning it.
You won’t be able to buy a Bradford pear in South Bend starting September 1, and planting the tree will also be prohibited. Trees that are already planted will be allowed to stay.
The problem with the pear? The tree is considered invasive. It blooms so early that it spreads its seeds before other trees can do the same, crowding out native trees like the flowering dogwood and tulip.