are your id tags correct?????? - Knowledgebase Question

Pittsburgh, PA (Zone 6A)
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Question by hogya
April 28, 2007
just bought 2 CLEVELAND SELECT FLOWERING PEARS they are about7-8'tall- pyrus calleryana
from your pleasant hills store
the I.D.tag states that they should mature at
30'tall and 40'wide
however some internet sites are listing the maturity specs. to be 30' tall and ONLY 15'wide
this is a huge difference in widths
was YOUR planting tags wrong???
what can i expect????
can i top them and accelerate the widening process?????
if i can, when and how should i do this?????
i was hoping to get these trees to be 20-25'wide
and 30' or so tall to give my front yard some coverage/privacy. if these can't do the job,
i'll take them back and purchase something else you could recommend.
thanks john

Answer from NGA
April 28, 2007
The flowering pears are generally pyramidal in shape, so in my opinion they would not provide good coverage for privacy purposes. Topping the trees would ruin their structure and strength and absolutely would not result in the shape you desire. Also, the flowering pears tend to experience breakage problems in snow and ice storms as they age, so many never reach their full potential size. You might want to consider some of the Magnolia soulangiana cultivars or possibly one of the newer disease resistant crabapple varieties and select one with a mature size and rounded shape better suited to your purpose. Or you might look at some of the red maples such as Acer rubrum "October Glory" which is a bit larger, but rounded in outline and a relatively fast grower.

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