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Bradford Pear Trees: Something’s Fishy

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Ever notice a strange fishy smell this time of year right around the time everything blooms? Maybe I’m the last person on Earth to realize this, but I finally figured it out. It’s those darned Bradford Pear trees. You know, the round trees that bloom out in white flowery buds every Spring? (I used to call them popcorn trees when I was little because they look like white cheddar popcorn!) Yep, they smell just like fish! There’s like fifty of them in my neighborhood and it smells nasty. Why does something so pretty smell so bad? Really interesting.