All About the Aristocrat Pear Tree
The Aristocrat Pear tree is another type of callery pear tree. It is in the same family as the Bradford Pear and the Chanticleer Pear trees. The Aristocrat Pear is not a fruit tree, but an ornamental tree used for landscaping, and very popular in cities and towns. It can grow an average of forty feet high. The tree is known for its tiny, white spring flowers and attractive fall leaf colors of reds and purples.
The Aristocrat Pear, like the Chanticleer Pear, is a big improvement over the original ornamental pear tree, the Bradford Pear. While the Bradford Pear had branch splitting problems, the Aristocrat Pear is much less susceptible to wind and ice damage. It does have small fruits that are the size of a pea, which often harden and remain on the tree for a very long time. They often attract birds. The branches grow slower than those of the Bradford Pear, and this alone helps to make them stronger. Pruning is going to be needed for the Aristocrat to live up to its potential and remain healthy.
The Aristocrat Pear can be successfully grown in U.S. zones 5 through 9A. It is very popular on city streets and in parking lot strips where most trees die from air pollution, bad drainage, and too little water. The tree even has a tolerance to salt. It is common to see the Aristocrat bordering driveways and walkways, as well as planted in rows alongside houses. The tree is fast growing, gaining approximately four feet or more each year. The bark is sensitive to damage from mowers and other machinery.
If you want to grow Aristocrat Pear trees, choose a spot that is very sunny--the tree likes full sun though it has no particular soil preference. It will grow in soil that is alkaline, sometimes wet or well-drained, loamy, sandy, acidic or clay. It can be contained in smaller spaces than some trees because the roots do not sprawl. Make sure that when you purchase your tree that limbs are well-spaced out. That will help them avoid splitting.
Not a lot of pests attack the Aristocrat Pear, but several kinds of borers are common. If you keep your trees healthy, they will be less apt to succumb to this pest. You should check with your local county extension agent to see if borers are a problem in your area ad the best way to treat your tree. As far as diseases go, this flowering pear tree is still susceptible to fire blight. If your tree obtains this disease, the tips of the branches will look burnt, and then the leaves will turn brown. Rain carries the bacteria down the tree and will cause cankers around the tree’s branches. These will cause healthy branches to die. If this problem develops, be sure to thoroughly prune off all dead and diseased branches.