Evergreen Pear - Knowledgebase Question

West Paterson, NJ
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Question by newmother
August 25, 2002
i live in zone 6. is the evergreen pear appropriate for street planting? any pest or disease problems or limb breakage problems? drought resistant? how long until this tree reaches it mature height? largest size currently available?

Answer from NGA
August 25, 2002
Unfortunately, the evergreen pear (Pyrus kawakamii) is not cold hardy enough to grow in zone 6, it is considered only hardy to about USDA zone 9. If you are considering street trees, you might want to check with your local street tree commission or any similar authority for guidance. Your county extension and professional nursery personnel might also have suggestions as to what would be most appropriate and likely to do well for you in your microclimate.

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