You need to know this. Bradford Pear trees are a picture of sinful flesh. They are.
When we lived in Tennessee, we loved looking at our five huge Bradford Pear trees, but hated working with them - and learned a great deal about them. The wise purchaser who bought that home from me REQUIRED me to cut them down (and pay for it!) before he bought the home. Smart fella.
My first experience with Bradford Pear trees was seeing them along the streets of Atlanta, Georgia years ago. When I asked a resident if the pears off those trees tasted good, they laughed at me. "They don't bear fruit," they said, as though I was the village idiot. My question was, "Why call them pear trees if there are no pears?" I may not be the sharpest guy on the block, but I thought it was a good question.
So when we moved to Texas, my wife told me she'd found a house she wanted to buy. My first question was not about price or location or taxes. It was, "It doesn't have any Bradford Pear trees does it?" You see, I'd spend much of my adult life pruning, repairing, raking the leaves of and generally detesting the trees we'd had in Tennessee. "Only one," she said, "and it's cute." Won't be for long, I thought.
Well, here we are on New Year's Day and I've just spent five hours pruning the thing. Much of it came crashing down over our driveway a few months ago. Four pickup loads later, I got it out of there. What was left was rubbing the top of our house. That's not cute - that's a damaged roof!
Now, I'm not really complaining because I had fun pruning that tree. I have this very manly weed-eater that has a chain saw attachment (told you it was manly) and when I give it the gas I feel like I'm on a Harley, but with teeth. And I cut that Bradford Pear down to size. You see, without pruning, the Bradford Pear is as troublesome as an undisciplined child. It just won't do anything right - and it gets more complicated with age.
So, according to my good "buddy" Steve McCary, the Bradford Pear tree is like sinful flesh of a not-so-serious Christian. Note:
1. It looks beautiful when in full leaf, but never bears any fruit - never.
2. In the Spring, it stinks when the leaves come out - the stench of it's glory is nauseating.
3. If it is not pruned, the branches grow into a complex system, rubbing against one another.
4. Left alone, the branches become heavy enough to split from the trunk.
5. The upper branches can only bear their own weight. No ice, snow, or wind with rain.
There are times when those who say they are Christians are eerily similar to this fruitless pear tree. Jesus said something about trees like that. Concerning a fig tree that was supposed to bear fruit, Jesus said, "...if it bears fruit next year, fine; but if not, cut it down." Luke 13:9
Don't be a Christian in name only. And don't buy a house with a bunch of Bradford Pears.
So now you know.