Flowering Pear Tree

A Quick Guide to the Flowering Pear Tree

The flowering pear tree is an ornamental tree that is used for landscaping but does not produce edible fruit. A flowering pear tree is beautiful in the spring when it is covered with little white flowers and striking in September through November, when it turns red in time for fall foliage. The tree has attractive green summer leaves.

The most popular flowering pear tree has been the Bradford Pear. You can see this tree almost everywhere in the zones in which it grows, especially in urban areas. Because of some of its problems, such as susceptibility to splitting and short lifespan, the tree is being replaced in many areas with more hearty varieties.

While the Bradford Pear tree was not a huge success, the flowering pear tree now comes in several other types. These have been improved to be more weather and disease resistant. Among the newer versions is the “New Bradford Pear,” tree which has different branch angles, making it less apt to have storm or ice damage.

A new flowering pear tree variety is the Cleveland Select. It has more tiny white blossoms in spring than any other variety. It is a great landscaping tree, growing very fast to reach its maximum height of around thirty feet and width of fifteen feet. The limbs have been improved so that it doesn’t split and fall apart like the original Bradford Pear tree. It also does not have any fruit for the birds to get into and scatter over the ground to make a tangle of new trees. The Cleveland Select also has a greater resistance to disease and not as many pests as other flowering pear trees. It is a beautiful purplish-red color in the fall.

If you want to plant a flowering pear tree in your own yard, choose a spot that has full sun. The tree is terrific when grown along the street or bordering drives or walkways. Digging the hole is going to be some work as the tree has a large root ball which needs to be appropriately covered with dirt. After you have placed the root ball in your hole and repacked it with dirt, water the newly planted tree thoroughly.

You should mulch your tree with straw, shavings,  or another acceptable material. This will help keep in the moisture and keep the ground around the roots cool. A flowering pear tree grows very quickly, and can be as tall as seventeen feet in just a couple of years.

In order to keep it healthy and looking good, it is necessary to prune the tree. Pruning should be done when the buds begin to swell in the spring but before they break out into bloom. A flowering pear tree usually has one main, central leader or a short trunk with four main branches. You need to trim off all dead and diseased wood and make space inside the tree for air to circulate among the branches. Get rid of branches that rub together or that are at such a wide angle they will weaken the tree.

Then, take the time to enjoy your flowering pear tree when it bursts forth with hundreds of pretty, white flowers in spring and brilliant scarlets and purples in the fall.