Bradford Pear Bounty

Bradford 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.

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.

2022 Dates

Goose Creek
November 5, 8-11 am
City Hall, 519 N. Goose Creek Blvd

Lexington
December 10, 8-11 am
Location TBD

2023 Dates (details forthcoming)

Aiken
Laurens
Spartanburg

Registration link coming soon

Participation Criteria

  • Pre-registration is required, once available.
  • 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.

Yard debris:

Please see the following city's website for information specific to their processes for yard waste management:

Clemson:  https://www.clemsoncity.org/Departments/PublicWorks/Sanitation/tabid/274/Default.aspx?AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1

City of Clemson rules for curbside debris pick-up:

  • If the tree is cut down by the homeowner then Public Works will pick up the debris from the roadside. They ask for the limbs to be cut into 8ft lengths
  • If the tree is cut down by a contractor then the contractor is responsible for removing all debris.

Conway: https://www.cityofconway.com/departments/sanitation.php

Sumter: https://www.sumtersc.gov/publicservices/sanitation/debris