The Q&A Archives: Need to plant new trees

Question: We would like a recommendation for a sturdy, relatively fast growing tree from our area. Not a pine, spruce or fir. We had a bradford pear blow down recently. I've heard there is a decrorative pear called aroristocrat? That is better?

Answer: Yes there is, and yes it is. Aristocrat pear (Pyrus calleryana ?Aristocrat?) is hardy to zone 4, and reaches a mature height of 40 feet. The fruit is insignificant. This tree is pest resistant and tolerates drought, poor drainage, any soil; moderate winds, smog, and extreme temperatures. Foliage is dark, glossy green with a deep red fall color.Flowers are white, one inch across, and form in clusters in March. Bark is smooth and light grey in color.

I think it would be a winner in your landscape!

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