The Q&A Archives: Correct Planting Zone

Question: I have been told by my local nursery (that carries Monrovia plants) I cannot grow a 'Pyrus Kawakami',evergreen pear, in my area. They tell me our cold zone is a 5. I want a umbrella style tree, preferably evergreen, and non-fruiting. I had the Pyrus in Northern Calif. and it did very well. We are now in the Willamete Valley in Oregon.
Karen Phipps

Answer: Your winter temperatures a just a tad too cold for Pyrus kawakami to retain its leaves all winter long. The tree will survive, but will not be evergreen. A substitute might be Drimys winteri (Winter's Bark), Osmanthus fragrans (Sweet Olive), Arbutus unedo (Strawberry Tree), or Eriobotrya japonica (Loquat). These trees are more adapted to your winter cold and will remain evergreen.

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