At first it was posted that these trees are dogwood but reader Harriet commented below that she was sure they were not dogwood.
Branford Head of Public Works and Tree Warden Art Baker quickly responded to our query (on Easter Sunday!) that the trees were, in fact, Bradford pear trees planted during the 80s' downtown revitalization. According to Better Homes & Garden's Plant and Tree Dictionary, the Bradford pear tree is also called the pyrus calleryana. "Snowy early-spring blossoms and a tall pyramidal shape make flowering pear the ideal lawn tree for home landscapes. It also tolerates urban conditions such as air pollution," the encyclopedia states.
Wow! It takes a town to tell this story for sure!
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The original announcement posted by Cal:
"Spring time in Branford... go down town and enjoy the beautiful trees in full bloom. Hurry before they drop their petals! Add your photos!"
Editor Nicole Ball has added some news details to this announcement posted by Cal, including the facts about the pear trees.