Bradford Pear Bounty in Lee County- October 2023

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Bradford Pear Flowers Up-close

Local Partnership

We are on the look-out for Callery Pears! N.C. Cooperative Extension- Lee County Center is partnering with the City of Sanford to put on a Bradford Pear Bounty, collaborative program between N.C. Cooperative Extension, NC Urban Forest Council, NC Forest Service, and NC Wildlife Federation, on Saturday, October 28, 2023.

How it Works

From the NC Bradford Pear Bounty website:

  • Pre-registration is required. Register at the NC Bradford Pear Bounty website.
  • A before and after photo must be brought to the event (i.e., a picture of the tree standing and a picture of the tree on the ground). If the tree was not flowering when cut, an additional photo with a close up of the leaves or bark is required.
  • Tree removal is the homeowner’s responsibility. Several tree care service providers are offering discounts for those participating in the program (these to be announced soon). Find a certified arborist here.
  • This is an event-based program. Participants must attend at the location and date/time of the event to pick up their trees.
  • Any North Carolina resident local to the event location is eligible.
  • Only the homeowner can register and receive replacement trees.​
  • Replacement trees are free, native, and offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Up to five (5) trees can be exchanged at a one-to-one ratio for the removal of five (5) Bradford pears.

Here is more information about other questions you might have about the Bradford Pear Bounty.

Upcoming Classes Related to the Bradford Pear Bounty Program in Lee County

There is a long time until Saturday, October 28, 2023, so we are offering a series of classes during the run-up to the event to get you ready to take care of your new tree by the Bradford Pear Bounty distribution! More classes will be announced in June!

Date Topic Time Location
Thursday, October 12, 2023 Tree Preview for the Lee County Bradford Pear Bounty Th, 6-7:30 p.m. Farm Bureau Auditorium, McSwain Center; Zoom

For questions regarding the Bradford Pear Bounty in Lee County, please contact Amanda Wilkins at (