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Ornamental Pear Tree

An excellent tree for landscaping, ornamental pear tree is grown for beautifying the landscape, but not for its fruits. You can grow and maintain healthy flowering pear trees with basic gardening skills.
Gardenerdy Staff
Planting pear trees is a rewarding project for fruit growers. Not only does it yield juicy fruits in the peak season, but the spring blossoms make a show stopper in the yard. While the fruiting pear trees do bear lovely blooms, some hobbyists prefer growing pear varieties exclusively for their aesthetic value. Thus, pear trees are broadly grouped into two types, the fruiting and the flowering cultivars. And the flowering type is also known as ornamental pear tree, based on the approach for growing it.

Ornamental Pear Tree Types

In case you appreciate the beauty of ornamental pear trees, then consider including them in your garden. Even if you want to create privacy for your property, then also plant flowering pear trees in the boundary. The options for selection are many, but choose pear tree cultivars that will suit the growing conditions in your area. Otherwise, they may fail to grow luxuriantly and produce heavy blooms, no matter how much effort you spend on caring for them. Popular flowering pear tree varieties are:
  • Aristocrat Pear: Growing to about 40 feet or more at maturity, this flowering pear tree (belonging to callery pears) produces white flowers in spring.
  • Bradford Pear: The branches of Bradford species are laden with white flowers in spring. But, its twigs are weak and prone to breakage.
  • Autumn Blaze Pear: As the name goes, foliage of this pear tree exhibits burgundy color in the fall. The flowers are white in color.
  • Chanticleer Pear: This variety has an adorable canopy shape, and grows to about 35 feet. Adorn with white flowers in spring, it produces more blooms than any other cultivar.
  • Manchurian Pear: This ornamental pear tree is named after its origin place. It blooms in white flowers and shows interesting fall foliage.
  • Burgundy Snow Pear: Another in the list of flowering pear tree varieties is the burgundy snow type, remarkable for heavy bloom production (white flowers) and change of leaf color in fall season.
Growing and Caring for Ornamental Pear Trees

The growing and care instructions for flowering pear tree depend on which cultivar you are planting in your yard. But, to make your gardening project fruitful with less effort, select disease resistant varieties and those that can withstand a wide range of soil conditions. Also, consider the tree height and space requirement while choosing it. Some ornamental pear tree facts and information that you ought to know before planting these beautiful trees are discussed below.

Site Selection
Whether you are planting fruiting pear trees types or the ornamental ones, selecting a proper site is a prerequisite for maintaining healthy plants. Maximum sunlight is required for inducing heavy pear blossoms, irrespective of the species. But, if your garden falls in shade, choose a partial shaded area that remains exposed to sunlight for some hours during the day.

Soil Condition
The flowering pear tree varieties adapt well in nearly all soil types. But, the soil condition should be light, moist, acidic to slightly alkaline (preferably pH 3.7-7) and well-drained. Accordingly, add soil components (if required) to meet the required criteria. If your garden soil is mainly composed of clay, then mix them with sufficient amounts of sand and humus. The resulting soil will be light, and promote proper aeration and drainage.

Planting Pear Tree
Buy saplings of ornamental pear tree from nursery centers, but make sure you confirm their varieties. Loosen the soil in the planting site, and remove unwanted weeds (if any). Make a large hole, at least 3-4 times the spread of the root ball. Place the sapling ensuring that the top of the root ball lies in the same level with the soil surface. Refill soil to cover the roots, and tap soil around the shoot.

Watering
Water the ornamental pear immediately after plantation. Frequent watering is a must in the first few days after planting. This ensures quick development of the roots and establishment to the site. In fact, ornamental pear tree care revolves around correct irrigation, in terms of the water quantity provided and frequency. After the tree becomes well established, you can reduce the irrigation frequency.

Pruning
Based on your convenience, pruning of these trees can be carried out right after completion of the flowering period, or during late fall or winter. The logic is to trim off the weak branches, when the tree no longer grows actively. Proper pruning helps in solving brittle-wood problems for some cultivars. Mark the diseased twigs, crossed branches first, and remove them with sharp pruning tools.

Fertilizers are not needed, unless the planting soil is deficient in specific plant growth nutrients. You can supplement nitrogen formulations lightly, 1-2 months before the blooming season. However, avoid fertilization in spring, as the newly developed buds are susceptible to diseases. Always keep a close eye to identify ornamental pear tree diseases and problems in the early stages. That way, you can contain them successfully before causing damage to your landscaping trees. For weed control, you can lay a thick layer of mulch around them.