Bradford Pear = Bad idea

This is typical of all Bradford Pears. A severe thunderstorm or a heavy snowfall will cause a major branch to break off or cause the tree to fall over. The Bradford Pear is a fast grower, which means it has weak wood. The tree is also heavily branched and has a full canopy. When a windy storm or heavy snow hits the branches, the tree or its branches will snap off. If you insist on planting one of these, consider thinning the branching or planting it away from buildings or cars.