Why Are Trees Flowering Now?

Asked October 4, 2019, 1:51 PM EDT

Hi! I recently saw 5 or 6 trees along Oakland Mills Road (Columbia, MD) blooming with white blossoms. Is this a unique tree that blooms in fall or is it some weird climate related anomaly? Several of my neighbors think they are pear trees but I have never seen a tree bud and blossom in the fall and especially after so long a dry spell and after such a lot summer. Can you provide any information? Thanks,

Howard County Maryland

1 Response

The trees sound like they may be a spring flowering or ornamental fruit tree such as Bradford pears. There may be several reasons for bloom such as stress, heat, drought, temperatures, daylength, etc. Take a look at the link for more information https://aces.nmsu.edu/ces/yard/2008/092708.html