Planting a Bradford Pear Tree Row

Bradford pear trees are great for their beautiful displays of white blossoms in the early season and late fall. Use the following guide to help you plant your own row of bradford pear trees.

Figure out Where You Want the Row

Once you know where you want to plant your row, decide how tall and close together you want your trees to grow. Bradford pear trees do tend to suffer damage as they mature, but if you can prevent this by pruning regularly. Excessive growth paired with brittle wood causes most problems in bradford pears. When figuring out your spacing, remember, the trees can grow to 65 feet in height and 45 feet in diameter.

Mark Out The Line

Using a line and stakes or chalk powder mark the line along which the trees will be planted. To give a more natural appearance it might be better to allow the line of trees to follow a feature of the land in which they are to be planted. They could follow the line of a footpath, for example. Although not particularly invasive it is best not to plant the trees close to buildings or a pathway. You should also avoid areas that might be flooded from time to time.

Dig the Holes

When you dig, make sure the hole is at least the same size as the tree's rootball. Pay attention to the soil quality as you're digging. If it is heavy, work in some garden sand and compost to break it up and improve the drainage.

Introduce the Trees

When you place the trees in their holes, make sure the soil level on the trunk is the same as it was before you transplanted them. Then fill in the hole and tamp the soil down as much as you can. Water the tree and soil carefully and fill any gaps that appear as the soil settles. Make sure all your trees are standing upright.

Check the Line

As you plant each tree, take sightings to make sure they fit correctly in the line.


Monitor your new trees carefully. Make sure they do not dry out or lean as the soil settles around them. After two or three weeks, they should be well established enough to begin feeding them. It is never too early to start a pruning routine, so keep an eye out for branches that are dead or growing at undesirable angles. If you notice any branches growing vertically, remove them as quickly as possible.

The way you care for your trees at the early stages will set the standard for the future. If you control their growth properly, you can avoid many of the problems associated with broken limbs.