The Q&A Archives: Pear Trees

Question: We have been looking at the Bradford pear and we now are totally confused. They are telling us that the Redspire or the Ristucrat is a better tree. The Bradford is only good for 12-14 years then it more or less starts breaking apart. Does this happen to the Redspire? I know that they are in the same family. What would be a good tree to plant in front of my home?

Answer: Properly cared for, pear trees can live to a ripe old age. They need regular pruning for best appearance and fruit set, and the cultivars you chose should be based upon the ones that perform best in your climate. You'll need two pear trees to assure pollination. Early pears include include Bartlett and Ubileen, mid-season pears include Spalding, Rescue and Harrow Delight, and late-season varieties include Comice, Bosc, Warren and Conference. (Don't rely on Comice or Bosc to pollinate each other.)

Hope you find the perfect pair of pear trees for your yard!

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