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Looking fo advice on variety of pear tree planting

Posted by teamsturz WI (My Page) on
Fri, Mar 8, 13 at 21:08

Just joined-1st post. Have 4 Maple trees that are interfering with power lines in boulevard and must be removed. My City will replace 2 trees at no cost. I am attempting to get a 3rd tree provided by the Power Co. that will no longer have to absorb the expense of "v-ing" them out every 4 yrs. One of the options from my city is the Clevland Pear(supposedly power line friendly). I've read some BAD reviews of this variety on this site. HOWEVER, would it be a good enough cross pollinater for a more acceptable variety in my yard? If you were in MY situation, what would you plant in the yard? (Gotta tell you, the last 2 properties that I owned, I wanted a producing pear tree on - but never got around to planting one). Would appreciate any/all advice.

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RE: Looking fo advice on variety of pear tree planting

  • Posted by skyjs z8 OR, USA (My Page) on
    Sat, Mar 9, 13 at 2:27

If you plant a pear that is on quince rootstock or OHxF , it should be small enough to stay under the wire. Not all pears are compatible with quince. When you go to a nursery, ask them for the NAME of the rootstock. Don't accept "semi-dwarf". They often say that when they don't know or when they're too lazy to check it out and just want you to pay.
John S

RE: Looking fo advice on variety of pear tree planting

Cleveland pear is, I assume, a relative of the Bradford pear of shopping mall fame- ornamental with tiny worthless (to people) fruit. Bradford flowers early and may miss most European varieties. Seckel flowers early enough and is pretty reliably self-fruitful anyway. Most Asian pears would likely be compatible.

RE: Looking fo advice on variety of pear tree planting

Get some fruit out of the arrangement with some fruiting varieties.

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