Answer: Pyrus kawakamii, the evergreen ornamental pear would suit your needs quite well. It's well-behaved with gloss, oval, pointed leaves and slucters of white flowers in the winter and early spring. It sometimes produces a fruit or two, but they're inedible. The tree is tolerant of many soils and is relatively problem-free, but is susceptible to fire-blight. If you have pyracantha growing in your yard it could be a source of infection for the ornamental pear.
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