The Missouri Department of Conservation is warning state residents and landscapers against planting trees that can crowd out native plants. The MDC says planting Bradford Pear Trees can have detrimental effects on the state’s native plants. The trees can easily multiply quickly and take over natural areas. MDC reps also say the trees are poor landscaping choices because they don’t do well in storms – often losing limbs or splitting apart. They suggest you plant native trees instead, includijng Serviceberry, eastern redbuds, or dogwood trees.