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Question: We just had a landscaper plant a Cleveland Pear in our back yard. It is in a corner of the yard about 2 feet from fences on both sides and then next to the yard. Do you forsee any problems with the root system damaging the fences? Also, our tree is about 15 feet away from our neighbors tree (along the fence line) which is the same, a Cleveland Pear. They are concerned the trees will cross polonate and produce real fruit. Could you help us out by clarifying the facts?

Thank you,
Holly Venegas

Answer: The Cleveland Select flowering pear tree, Pyrus calleryana 'Cleveland Select', does not bear fruit. (Although sometimes small fruit begins to develop but birds generally find them before you do.) Cleveland has more blooms than any other flowering pear tree and 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. I don't think the roots will cause a problem. If anything, they will grow to meet the roots of your neighbor's tree.

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