Clemson Extension Bradford Pear Exchange Program to return to Sumter on February 26

Clemson Extension’s Bradford Pear Bounty program returns to Sumter on Saturday, February 26 to remove invasive tree species from South Carolina soil.

The Bradford Pear Bounty program helps give homeowners the opportunity to remove Bradford pears, a medium-sized invasive tree with a rounded shape, from their residence or property. It also gives them the opportunity to exchange the tree for a free, healthy native tree of their choice.

Participants can trade up to five Bradford pear trees for an equal number of native replacement saplings. According to horticultural extension agent Chase Smoak, there are 18 tree species to choose from as replacements.

The redemption event will take place from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Heath Pavilion at Swan Lake Iris Gardens, 822 W. Liberty St., on February 26.

Entrants are asked to provide a photo of themselves with the felled Bradford pear tree(s) before taking a replacement tree. Replacement trees will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. If your preferred replacement tree is not available at the time of distribution, you will receive a healthy alternative.

The participation and pre-registration criteria are available online at

Pre-registration is required and only the owner can register and obtain the trees. To register for the event, visit

The City of Sumter’s yard debris removal policy for downed trees can be viewed online at Owners are responsible for tree removal.

Ryan H. Bowman