Cleveland Pear Tree - Knowledgebase Question

Newport, mi
Question by lm_kincaid
September 14, 2005
How big is the root system of a Cleveland pear tree? How far should one plant one away from a septic field?

Answer from NGA
September 14, 2005


The Cleveland Select flowering pear tree, Pyrus calleryana 'Cleveland Select', has more blooms than any other flowering pear tree. There?s nothing more beautiful in spring than a flowering pear tree covered in snowy white blooms. Cleveland Select pear trees display evenly branched limbs with pyramidal form. This deciduous tree is a vigorous growing medium sized tree with masses of white flowers in spring.

This is an excellent street tree with beautiful purplish-red fall color. It has an attractive upright oval form and glossy green leaves. The Cleveland Select Pear reaches a height of 30 feet and width of 15 feet. You can expect the roots of this tree to remain in the top 12-18" of soil, spreading out nearly twice as far as the canopy is wide - in this case, they'll spread out 20-30' from the trunk of the tree. You can safely plant this tree 30' from the septic drainfield without compromising the drainfield.

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