pear tree - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by DAmick7111
April 20, 2010
I have a pear tree that is in partial shade. It is growing new green leaves at the very bottom of the tree near the ground. The top of the tree has not bloomed.Can you explain this or help me save it? thank you.

Answer from NGA
April 20, 2010
If you're only getting growth at the bottom of the tree, either the top suffered winter damage and is still trying to recover, or the top is actually dead, maybe due to root damage. Try scraping the bark from a few of the bare branches. Green tissue beneath the bark means the branch is still alive and there's hope - brown tissue indicates that part of the branch is dead. Keep scraping until you find green tissue then prune off the dead parts or dead branches. Best wishes with your ornamental pear.

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