The Q&A Archives: Evergreen Shade Tree

Question: We have just planted a new lawn (fleur de lawn) and are in need of a nice, fairly small, shade tree to plant. We are on a septic system and our

Answer: Have you considered Pyrus kawakamii (Evergreen Pear)? This is a small evergreen tree (Height: 15-30'; Spread: 15-30') with a moderate to fast growth rate. It has a smallish root system and is often planted along parking strips and sidewalks because of its well behaved roots. The leaves are dark green and glossy and the nNew foliage has a reddish tinge. White flowers in clusters 1" across, bloom February-March. It will grow in sandy or clay soil.

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