The Q&A Archives: Pear trees

Question: Do Pear trees do well in the front range? (Denver)I see them at the Depot but I do not know when and how to plant. Thanks, Shawn

Answer: Some pear trees will perform well in your growing region. Bartlett is the most widely grown, but the following are reasonably cold hardy and will produce crops:

Aristocrat Pear(Pyrus Calleryana 'Aristocrat')
Mature Height:35-40'Mature Spread:25-30'
Hardy To:6,000'
Exposure:SunWater Requirement:Medium
Flower Color/Season:White/Spring
The largest of the Calleryana cultivars, Aristocrat is an excellent choice if it is given room to spread. Branch angles are wider than other pearts, thus more resistnat to storm damage.

Bradford-New Flowering(Pyrus calleryana 'Holmford')
Mature Height:30-35?Mature Spread:20-25?
Water Requirement:Adaptable
Flower Color/Season:White/Spring
A near perfect tree with stronger branching than the original Bradford. The Bradford Flowering Pear is an extremely popular, vigorous growing, medium size, shade tree with outstanding clusters of white blooms in spring and very attractive terrific yellow to red to purple foliage color in fall. The Bradford pear is a beautiful garden addition that produces no edible fruit. A great benefit of the Bradford is that it is a rapid grower, achieving a 12 to 15 feet increase in height over an 8- to 10-year period. Bradford Pear trees are shallow-rooted and will tolerate most soil types. They are pest- and pollution-resistant, and tolerate drought well. It is one of the most fireblight-resistant cultivar of the flowering pears.

Ussurian Pear Pyrus ussuriensis
Growth habit - small tree or large multistem shrub
Hardiest of all pears from N.E. Asia, more resistant to fireblight
White flowers early in spring
Leaves are glossy green in summer and reddish purple in fall.

As with all fruit trees, situate in a full sun position and water deeply once each week during the growing season.

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