Asian Pear Tree

I chose Chojuro and Shinko Asian pear trees for the first guild that I designed to completion before doing any plantings, and have a fondness for them as the centerpiece within a prominent outdoor space in my backyard.


Common Name: Asian Pear
Scientific Name: Pyrus bretschneideris
Family: Rosaceae


Asian pears burst with shocks of white blossoms at the start of spring.

Asian pears burst with shocks of white blossoms at the start of spring.

Forest Garden Designing

  • Plant Type: Medium-sized tree
  • Plant Leaf Type: Deciduous
  • Layer Use: Understory canopy
  • Pollination: Cross-pollinator variety needed
  • Flowering: May
  • Leaf Shape: ovate
  • Height: 10-25′
  • Width: 8-12′

Planting Considerations

  • USDA Hardiness Zone: 5-9
  • Light: Full sun
  • Shade: Tolerates moderate shade
  • Moisture: Requires good drainage
  • pH: 5.9-6.5
  • Juglone sensitivity: known to be affected by juglone

Propagation

Use root hormone with hardwood cuttings, taken about eight inches from the tip.

Maintenance

Prune to an open center, upside-down umbrella shape. Prune vigorous vertical shoots. Thin fruits a month after bloom, about six inches between each pear.

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