South Carolina offering a reward for cutting down Bradford pear trees

The Clemson Cooperative Extension has offered a reward to residents in Clemson and Sumter for cutting down their Bradford pear trees.

The “Bradford Pear Bounty” was created to stop the invasive tree from damaging South Carolina’s native ecosystems.

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.

Participation Criteria

  • Pre-registration is required.
  • 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.