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Bradford Pear Bounty

A shared project between Clemson University
and the SC Forestry Commission

illustration of a bradford pear tree and a young potted tree, word remove and replace

bradford pear in bloomBradford pears are not native to the U.S. and have been widely planted in South Carolina 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. Doing so will help reduce the amount of seed that can grow into Callery pears and will help diversify the urban landscape.

Property owners are encouraged to exchange up to five (5) Bradford Pear trees for an equal number of FREE, healthy, native, young replacement trees, a one-for-one replacement.

  • Participation Criteria
    • Pre-registration is required, once available - click the "Register" link on the right under your desired year and city
    • Only the property owner can register and get the trees.
    • Any South Carolina resident can participate and take part in the program.
    • Property owners are responsible for tree removal.
    • Take a photo of yourself with the cut tree (a selfie, if you will) and bring it to the exchange event.
    • Replacement trees will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis while supplies last. If your preferred replacement tree is not available at the time of distribution, you will be provided with a healthy alternative. Specific tree species cannot be reserved ahead of the event.
  • Proper Tree Removal

    Property owners are responsible for the removal of their tree. It is highly recommended that you contact a licensed tree professional to remove any trees on your property. Cut stumps should be immediately treated with an herbicide (glyphosate or triclopyr) to ensure that the stumps and large roots don’t resprout.

    The Tree Care Industry Association has a lot of useful information for landowners that can benefit their safety and decision-making.

    For locating a qualified tree service professional visit TCIA's "Find Qualified Tree Care" page. 

    For a list of certified arborists, visit

  • Yard Debris

    Clinton: Clinton SC Streets & Sanitation
    Residential limbs and brush – Place limbs in a separate pile before 6:00 a.m. of your garbage cart collection day. They will be picked up by 5:00 p.m. the following day. Do not mix your limbs with other items and cut them to no larger than 6 inches in diameter and 4 feet in length. Any commercial landscaper must remove limbs, and brush cleared by a commercial landscaping service.

    Hampton: The Town of Hampton Streets and Sanitation  

    Marion: The City of Marion Public Works

    Van Wyck: Please see  Lancaster County Solid Waste And Recycling and  Lancaster County Recycling Locations for more information.

  • Why are Callery Pears considered invasive?

    An invasive species has three main characteristics:

    • They are not naturally from the area in which they’re now present
    • They create economic or ecological damage
    • They displace native species

    Generally speaking, invasive species grow quite rapidly and thrive in many different conditions (e.g. shade, sun, dry, wet, poor soils, hillsides, disturbed areas). A large number of invasive-exotic vegetative species are heavy seed producers (or produce seed in abundance).

    While invasive species may provide shelter for wildlife (e.g. bird nests) they do not provide much food – especially for birds that eat insects – because very few insects eat the leaves of invasive species.

2024 Dates

2024 bounty season has closed.

2025 Dates

Greenwood, SC
Saturday, March 15, 2025

Meet our Sponsors

people talking at a bradford pear bounty event

Clemson Cooperative Extension Service

Clemson Extension helps improve the quality of life of all South Carolinians by providing unbiased, research-based information through an array of public outreach programs in youth development; agribusiness; agriculture; food, nutrition and health; and natural resources.

Learn More about Extension

South Carolina Forestry Commission

The SC Forestry Commission protects, promotes and enhances South Carolina’s forests for the benefit of all. With a vision to see healthy forests, resilient communities, and impeccable service, the SC Forestry commission values safety, integrity, community, service and commitment.

Learn More about the SC Forestry Commisson
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