Land & Environmental

Crimson spire oak trees line a city street.

If pears are removed, what should succeed them?

The Village of Yellow Springs and Village Council are currently working to decide whether or not to replace the Bradford pear trees downtown when the sidewalk repair occurs this year. Council will discuss the matter at the next meeting, Monday, Aug. 6, at 7 p.m. at the Bryan Center. But a wide range of options remain available for the 14 pears along Xenia Avenue that are approximately 35 years old, stressed and due to come down at some point soon anyway, according to several local arborists the News spoke to this week. So the Village has begun to look for replacement trees that have the best chance of both providing shade and beauty downtown, and surviving that brutal conditions of a narrow sidewalk and compact tree pit, polluted air, salt in the winter and little water.

Below are some trees that local landscapers have suggested as possible replacements for the downtown location. They are are specified to grow in the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 6 (defined by average annual extreme minimum temperatures of between -5 and -10 degrees Fahrenheit), where Yellow Springs is located.

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