Tips Tree Planting: How to Grow an Ornamental Flowering Pear Tree

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener

Are you looking for an exquisite flowering tree to add beauty to your garden? Look no further than the ornamental flowering pear tree! This stunning tree bursts into life every spring with dazzling white flowers, creating a breathtaking sight. From summer through winter, it offers shade with its thick dark green foliage, which eventually turns a brilliant red in autumn. Even during the winter months, its attractive bark adds a touch of elegance to any landscape. Let’s explore how to grow and care for this magnificent tree.

Ornamental Flowering vs. Fruiting Pear Trees

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When choosing a pear tree for your garden, you may come across both ornamental and fruiting varieties. While both types have their merits, ornamental pear trees steal the show with their sparse to non-existent fruiting capability. This makes them perfect for attracting wildlife and birds into your garden while focusing on their showy flowers in spring and striking red leaf color in autumn.

Varieties of Ornamental Flowering Pear Trees

Here are some popular varieties of ornamental pear trees:

  • ‘Chanticleer’: This variety has a pyramid-like habit and a spread of approximately 15 feet wide.
  • ‘Capital’: Growing 35 feet tall and 12 feet wide, ‘Capital’ is a compact option.
  • ‘Redspire’ and ‘Aristocrat’: These are the tallest varieties, reaching heights of 50 feet and spreads of 15 feet.
  • ‘Bradford’: As the most massive overall pear, ‘Bradford’ reaches sizes of 40 feet tall and wide.
  • ‘Jack’: The smallest cultivar among them all, ‘Jack’ pear only grows to about 15 feet tall.

Each of these varieties produces the same stunning white flowers in spring and offers excellent fall colors.

Planting an Ornamental Flowering Pear Tree

When selecting a site for your ornamental pear tree, consider its mature height of at least thirty feet tall and twenty feet wide. The narrow upright shape of its canopy can become cluttered if not pruned regularly, so avoid planting it near electrical wiring or too close to structures.

Soil and Sun Requirements

Ornamental flowering pear trees can thrive in various soil conditions, including alkaline or clay soils. However, they prefer slightly acidic, well-drained soil. The adaptable nature of these trees means they can be planted in challenging areas where other trees struggle to grow.

Ensure your tree receives at least six hours of direct sunlight during the growing season to promote optimal flower production and vibrant autumn colors. Although seedlings may sprout in shadier areas, they won’t produce the same spectacular blooms.

Water and Fertilizer Guidelines

Proper watering is crucial for the healthy growth of your ornamental pear tree. Water newly planted trees regularly, preferably with a garden hose, for at least one month (two months in summer). Automatic irrigation systems may not provide sufficient moisture initially. The frequency of watering will vary depending on the season, exposure, and the size of the tree.

Fertilize your ornamental pear tree four times a year, using either a 7-4-4 all-purpose plant food, soil sulfur, or humic. Here’s a recommended fertilizer schedule:

  • Spring: Apply 7-4-4 all-purpose food and soil sulfur.
  • Summer: Use 7-4-4 all-purpose food and humic.
  • September: Apply 7-4-4 all-purpose food.
  • December: Use 7-4-4 all-purpose food.

Pruning and Maintenance

Regular pruning is essential during the first few years after planting to shape and maintain the tree’s form. This practice also reduces the tree’s susceptibility to damage from storms or strong winds, ensuring its long-term health and beauty.

Are you ready to add a touch of elegance and beauty to your garden? Planting and caring for an ornamental flowering pear tree is a rewarding experience that will bring joy and admiration for years to come. For more tips and information on tree planting and gardening, visit Tips Tree Planting. Happy gardening!

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