The Bradford flowering pear (Pyrus calleryana) is a standard urban street tree and great small-space flowering tree in many areas of the country. However, Bradford pear has one main drawback. Because of its narrow, upright branch structure, the limbs tend to split and break during storms, deforming the tree and creating a potential hazard.
Now a new flowering pear from Korea features many of the same desirable traits of the Bradford pear with a better growth habit and branch angle to withstand heavy storms. The Korean Sun flowering pear (Pyrus fauriei 'Westwood') is a compact, round tree that grows 12 to 15 feet tall and wide with beautiful white flowers in spring. Korean Sun is adapted to many soil conditions, hardy in USDA zones 4 to 8, and resistant to fire blight disease. The fruit is so small it doesn't create a mess when it drops. In fall the dark green leaves turn a burgundy color. Korean Sun will be available in nurseries across the country this spring.
For more information on Korean Sun flowering pear, go to: Oregon State University.
Article published on February 22, 2007.