Why do Bradford Pear trees stink when in bloom?
The Bradford Pear tree is a beautiful tree, both in the Spring and the Fall with its vibrant colors. I noticed that when it blooms in the Spring, it has an odor that is not pleasant. Why does it stink when it blooms? Thank you for answering.
Most plants have a scent which attracts certain types of insect to pollinate them. This plant has likely developed a smell that its preferred pollinator likes. I guess the tree doesn't care that people do not like its perfume! :-)
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