Fayetteville Officials Want Residents to Cut Down Invasive Pear Trees


The City of Fayetteville posted a “bounty” on Bradford pear trees. 

The city will give one native tree to each person who cuts down a Bradford pear on their property within city limits. 

You must take a picture of your cut-down tree while it’s in bloom, then bring the picture to one of the following locations:

  • April 25 and 26 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Parks and Recreation Department Office, located at 1455 S. Happy Hollow Road
  • April 27 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Clarence Craft Park, located at 1650 N. Jordan Lane

Include your name, address and phone number. 

Melissa Evans with Fayetteville Urban Forestry said while the species is pretty, it’s also very invasive and can harm native plants. 

“The biggest problem is the invasive tendencies,” Evans said. “They tend to spread really fast, really easily and take over areas where our native plants would grow.”

One-hundred trees will be given away on a first-come, first-serve basis through Saturday. 

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