Need to plant new trees - Knowledgebase Question

Ellicott City, MD
Question by bah107
July 1, 2007
We would like a recommendation for a sturdy, relatively fast growing tree from our area. Not a pine, spruce or fir. We had a bradford pear blow down recently. I've heard there is a decrorative pear called aroristocrat? That is better?

Answer from NGA
July 1, 2007


Yes there is, and yes it is. Aristocrat pear (Pyrus calleryana ?Aristocrat?) is hardy to zone 4, and reaches a mature height of 40 feet. The fruit is insignificant. This tree is pest resistant and tolerates drought, poor drainage, any soil; moderate winds, smog, and extreme temperatures. Foliage is dark, glossy green with a deep red fall color.Flowers are white, one inch across, and form in clusters in March. Bark is smooth and light grey in color.

I think it would be a winner in your landscape!

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