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Question: I want to replace the two Bartlett Pear Trees that split right down the middle during the last (horrific)
ice storm in Tulsa (OK). What kind of tree are resistant to this kind of attack....I would like a shade, deciduous (ok) and maybe a flowering tree..???

Answer: Tulip tree or Southern Magnolia are two flowering trees recommended for your growing area. These are quite large at maturity, though, so you might also consider one of the following:
CRABAPPLE Great variety in fruit size, flower color and tree size, generally tough and tolerant of soil types.
CRAPEMYRTLE Excellent, fast growing, durable small tree, free of insect or serious disease problems; flowers white to red.
DECIDUOUS HOLLY Heavy berry producer, usually multi-stem, tough, durable, few insect and disease problems; berries bright red in fall.
DOGWOOD Needs excellent drainage, partial shade in mid-afternoon, red fall color, white to red spring flowers, colorful red fruit in fall.
GOLDENRAIN TREE Tough, durable tree, flowers in early to mid-summer, may be bothered by box elder bugs.
HAWTHORNE Very durable, tough, white blooming tree, but may be plagued by leaf-eathing insects and rust disease.
PLUM, PURPLE LEAF Abundant spring flowers, purple foliage, tolerant of pool soils, may have borer problems as tree ages.
PEACH, FLOWERING Fast grower, colorful pink spring bloom. May develop peach tree borer problem with age.
REDBUD Tolerant of soil types, and full sun, pink or white flowers. STATE TREE.
RUSSIAN OLIVE Silvery gray foliage, red fruit, very tolerant of drought and soil types.
SERVICEBERRY White flowers before foliage, tough, durable. Fruit edible. Drought tolerant.
STAR-SAUCER MAGNOLIA Abundant flowers before foliage in late March, tough, durable, usually multi-stem; late frost may damage blooms.
SMOKETREE Large loose panicles of pinkish bloom in May or June. Foliage varies from bright green to purple.
SILVERBELL A beautiful small tree, blooms white in April or May; demands good drainage and rich, moist soil.
VIBURNUM Many different varieties, forms and colors. Most are tough and tolerant to NE Oklahoma conditions.

Hope you find just the right replacements for your pear trees.

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