Seeking The Perfect Tree - Knowledgebase Question

Pittsburg, CA
Question by HLboat
August 4, 1998
We live in a townhouse with a 25 by 27 backyard and are looking for a wind resistant, umbrella shaped tree. Ideally it would mature at 20' tall with a 16' diameter. Because of the smallness of the yard the roots would have to be non-intrusive and litter would be a factor. We've been considering Fruitless Pears, they seem to do well in the area, but have no idea which variety if any would suit our needs.

Answer from NGA
August 4, 1998


Pyrus kawakamii, the evergreen ornamental pear would suit your needs quite well. It's well-behaved with gloss, oval, pointed leaves and slucters of white flowers in the winter and early spring. It sometimes produces a fruit or two, but they're inedible. The tree is tolerant of many soils and is relatively problem-free, but is susceptible to fire-blight. If you have pyracantha growing in your yard it could be a source of infection for the ornamental pear.

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