flowering pear tree - Knowledgebase Question

SALT LAKE CITY, Ut
Question by lanianderson
July 19, 2010
I have a flowering pear tree in my front yard that is about 15 feet tall, It is 9-10 years old and has done well in the past. This year there were very few blossoms and the leaves are sparse and very small (about 1/4 the normal size. The tree has sent out a shoot near the base that is about 3 feet tall now with normal sized leaves. I would like to know how to help my tree to be beautiful again.


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Answer from NGA
July 19, 2010

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The suckering growth that has developed at the base of your tree is actually taking energy from the root system and can be the reason your tree is not leafing out well. I'd prune the sucker off and then try to determine just why your original tree is not performing as it should. There may be a disease present. Check the leaves, branches and twigs for spots or other off-colors. It might even help if you cut a branch off and take it to your local extension office for help with diagnosis. Contact Utah State University Extension, 2001 South State Street, Salt Lake City - (801) 468-2967. Helpful folks there can suggest controls or treatments to help your ornamental pear tree recover. Good luck with your tree!

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