The Q&A Archives: Cleveland Pear Tree

Question: How big is the root system of a Cleveland pear tree? How far should one plant one away from a septic field?

Answer: The Cleveland Select flowering pear tree, Pyrus calleryana 'Cleveland Select', has more blooms than any other flowering pear tree. There?s nothing more beautiful in spring than a flowering pear tree covered in snowy white blooms. Cleveland Select pear trees display evenly branched limbs with pyramidal form. This deciduous tree is a vigorous growing medium sized tree with masses of white flowers in spring.

This is an excellent street tree with beautiful purplish-red fall color. It has an attractive upright oval form and glossy green leaves. The Cleveland Select Pear reaches a height of 30 feet and width of 15 feet. You can expect the roots of this tree to remain in the top 12-18" of soil, spreading out nearly twice as far as the canopy is wide - in this case, they'll spread out 20-30' from the trunk of the tree. You can safely plant this tree 30' from the septic drainfield without compromising the drainfield.

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