Ohio becomes first state to ban invasive Callery pear tree

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — This month Ohio became the first state to ban the sale of Callery pear trees, the University of Cincinnati (UC) reports.

Other states are expected to follow Ohio's lead regarding the once-popular ornamental trees, known for their white spring blossoms. A similar ban will go into effect in South Carolina starting in 2024.

In 2018, Ohio gave landscapers, growers, and nurseries five years notice of the impending ban, allowing them the opportunity to replace their inventories without causing financial harm.