Clyde leaders to replace pear trees

By DeeAnna Haney | Mar 06, 2014

For those who have noticed town crews cutting down the beloved Bradford Pear trees that line Carolina Boulevard, town leaders say don't worry.

The Clyde board of aldermen recently decided to remove the trees, which Town Administrator Joy Garland believes are between 25 and 30 years old.

"Those trees have just aged out, and before they start breaking and looking bad we are going to replace them," Garland said.

The board is currently researching what kind of tree that will replace the pear trees with smaller and slower growing trees. So far, crews have cut 10 of the 44 trees, which are strung with Christmas lights every year.

Garland said the town will continue to light the trees.