Cleveland Pear Tree
Interesting Facts About the Cleveland Pear Tree
The Cleveland Pear tree is an ornamental tree that is used for landscaping. It if often planted along sides of a house, along walkways or driveways, and is often seen in urban areas because it is hardy and can withstand pollution. It is a fast growing tree that reaches twenty to thirty feet tall.
The Cleveland Pear tree was bred to have the beauty of a Bradford Pear tree with none of the problems inherent in the Bradford Pear trees. These trees had very unstable limbs that could not withstand any amount of ice or snow accumulation. They would split in half or have a high number of broken limbs. The Bradford Pear tree also had a small non-edible fruit whose seed was scattered about by birds so that dense thickets of these trees grew where they were not wanted. In many states, the Bradford Pear is on the list of forbidden invasive trees.
These kinds of problems have been overcome in the breeding of the Cleveland Pear tree. This tree is very symmetrical and grows into a tight oval shape. This keeps the branches closer together and prevents the splitting damage common to Bradford Pears. The tree is much stronger, and not immediately susceptible to wind, snow, and ice damage. The seed pods from the Bradford Pear that were scattered to produced unwanted trees are non-existent in the Cleveland Pear tree. This hybrid produces no fruit whatsoever.
The Cleveland Pear tree is so beautiful that you will see it prominently featured in front yards and lining driveways. In the spring, the tree abounds with tiny white flowers that are a welcome announcement that winter is over. In the summer, the Cleveland Pear tree has large, green leaves which make it the perfect shade tree. In the fall, you will have a spectacular change of leaf color to reds, purples and oranges.
If you have always thought that a flowering pear tree would look great in your yard, but heard disaster stories about damaged Bradford Pears, now is the time to plant this new variety, the Cleveland Pear tree. It can be planted in sun or partial shade as long as it gets several hours of sun each day. The tree is hardy in many types of soil and is very resistant to draught. That said, make sure that you do water the tree well right after it is planted. For the first week, a half hour a day of soaking water, such as from a hose will do wonders in getting tree growth off to a good start.
The Cleveland Pear tree prefers fall or spring planting. Make sure to plant deep enough that the entire root ball is buried. Pruning should also be done in the fall or early spring before buds appear. This flowering pear tree will provide much beauty with very little needed in the way of maintenance.