where hypotheses come to die (madman101) wrote,
where hypotheses come to die
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The Chinese Pear That Ate America

Scientists thought they had created the perfect tree.


...But like a comic book supervillain who had started off good, the Bradford pear crossed over to something darker. It turned from thornless to spiky, limber to brittle, chaste to promiscuous, tame to feral. Most of all, it became invasive. It is now an ecological marauder destined to continue its spread for decades, long after those suburban tract houses have faded away. Generations yet to be born will come to know this tree and learn to hate it.
Tags: bradford pear, environ - invasive species, garden pests, tree-trimmers are falling from the sky
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