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This stinky tree is wreaking havoc in Kansas and Missouri

Spring brings a return of wildlife and a boost in temperature, but it also reminds conservationists of the ongoing war against the Callery Pear tree. Known for its picturesque blossoms and pungent odor, this tree is hard to get rid of. Learn why the Callery Pear is virtually everywhere — and why that's a bad thing.

To the dismay of many a conservationist, the Callery Pear — also known as the Bradford, Chanticleer or Cleveland Pear — has made its home in Missouri and Kansas. Originally planted for its beautiful flowers and hardiness, the tree is wreaking environmental havoc. Their shallow root system puts them in danger of falling over, they're choking out native plants and they provide little for wildlife.

Up To Date's Steve Kraske spoke with Ryan Armbrust, Rural Forestry Program Coordinator for the Kansas Forest Service, and the Kansas News Service's Celia Llopis-Jepsen about the effects of the Callery Pear — and how residents can help remove them.

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