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Question: When is the best time to plant a bradford pear tree in the Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX area. I'm moving in a new home in April and would like to plant some new trees and plants, any suggestions? I would like to plant blueberry shrub/tree too. Would this be a good idea?
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Answer: Joanna,

Planting time in Dallas is anywhere from fall to late spring. Summer is a possible time if you have container grown plants but it is more stressful to the plant and requires more attentive care to achieve success.

That area is a bit iffy for the Japanese blueberry shrub (Elaeocarpus decipiens) when it come to winter hardiness. The following website provides more information on landscape plants for the area:

Your area Extension Horticulturists can also be of assistance:
Tarrant County

Steve Chaney
401 East 8th Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102-5504
Phone: 817/884-1944
Fax: 817/884-1941

Dale Groom
10056 Marsh Lane, Suite B-101
Dallas, TX 75229
Dallas County
Phone: 214/904-3053
Fax: 214/904-3080

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