A: You probably won’t kill it if you remove around 50% of the high branches each year. It will be weakened, but I’ve never seen a Bradford pear killed outright by pruning. What will happen is that one of the lower branches will increase in diameter each year. Finally, it will tear away from the trunk. Hopefully, it won’t hit your car. When this limb splits off, the weight on the trunk from other limbs will be unbalanced and they will fall, too. You will have a big mess to clean up and a trunk about 5 feet tall. When spring next arrives, the trunk will sprout new growth. The tree will not be dead, but you will wish with all your might that you had replaced the tree soon after you moved in.
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