Bradford Pear Bounty

Bradford pears are not native to the U.S. and have been widely planted in the Upstate for years. While the blossoms are pretty, they have a pungent odor and the trees often break during storms. Even worse, Bradford pear trees directly contribute to one of the worst invasive plant species in the Southeast – the callery pear. This program will give homeowners the option to remove Bradford pears and replace them with native trees.

Clemson area property owners are encouraged to exchange up to five (5) Bradford Pear trees for an equal number of FREE, healthy, native, young replacement trees. 

Participation Criteria

  • Pre-registration is required
  • Clemson-area residents are permitted to exchange up to five (5) Bradford Pear trees 1:1 for free replacement of your choosing.
  • Only the property owner can register and get the trees
  • Take a photo of yourself with the cut tree (a selfie, if you will) and bring it to the exchange event on February 29
  • Replacement trees will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis while supplies last. If your preferred replacement tree is not available at time of distribution, you will be provided with a healthy alternative.
Event Details

Sumter: February 27
Swan Lake Iris Gardens
Heath Pavilion
150 Garden Street
Sumter, SC 29150

Clemson-March 13
Nettles Park
Large picnic shelter
102 Nettles Park Rd.
Clemson, SC 29631

City of Sumter residents: REPLACE

City of Clemson residents: Public Works Department will pick up Bradford Pear tree debris. It must be placed at the curb or road side and the pieces cut to 8ft in length.

Non-Sumter/Clemson city residents: Please refer to your town/city guidelines for large landscape debris disposal.