cleveland pear tree shape - Knowledgebase Question

chattanooga, Te
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Question by wwwyatt
September 8, 2010
About 3 years ago I planted a young Cleveland pear tree to replace my Bradford pear. The tree is growing very tall and slender. I was expecting a pyramidal shape like the Bradford pear. Should I top this tree to get it to fill out.

Answer from NGA
September 8, 2010
The Cleveland Select Pear reaches a height of 30 feet and width of 15 feet and has a somewhat pyramidal shape. Yours sounds like it is growing at an average rate - about 4' per year - and as it matures it will fill out a little more, all on its own. While you can prune the top of the tree, most gardeners just let it grow naturally.

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