Creeping Pear

Creeping Pear


Opuntia humifusa (Eastern Prickly Pear)

Opuntia humifusa (Eastern Prickly Pear) is a low-growing cactus with flattened green stems formed of segments. Barbed bristles are found…

Flowering Evergreen Groundcovers

This low-growing, shrubby perennial produces purple-pink flower spires in the summer. It’s drought tolerant, pollinator-friendly, and it can be pruned heavily to form a mini-hedge if you’d like to use it to edge beds, too. Wall germander grows 1-2 feet tall and is hardy to -20 degrees F. Oh, and the deer don’t like it, making it a favorite, if underused, evergreen groundcover for gardens. (Source for germander)

    Cleveland Pear Maintenance

    This is one tree that is truly low-maintenance. It will need little pruning, and, if left alone, will develop a fine symmetrical oval-shaped crown with evenly-spaced limbs. Just make sure the tree has one central leader. More than one may compromise the form and weaken the tree.

    It’s mostly pest resistant, but the website lists several diseases that could impact the plant – fire blight, entomosporium, powdery mildew, or crown gall. These diseases can be prevented, however, with proper planting and watering techniques. If they do take hold, use fungicides and bactericides to knock them out.

    The Cleveland Pear’s perfect form, fast growth habit, hardy limb strength, wonderful spring flower display, and vibrant fall color make it a great choice for a small ornamental tree for the home landscape. And the natural successor to Bradford Pear.

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    Drought-tolerant suitable for xeriscaping

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    USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F)

    USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)

    USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F)

    USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F)

    USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F)

    USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F)

    USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F)

    USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F)

    USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F)

    USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)

    USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F)

    USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)

    Where to Grow:

    Can be grown as an annual


    Plant has spines or sharp edges use extreme caution when handling

    Pear Tree Insect Problems

    The codling moth is one of the most serious pear tree insect problems. They lay eggs on the fruit, and the larvae bore into the fruit as they develop.

    Another of the most common pear tree insect problems is called pear psylla. Again, these are insects that lay eggs on the pear trees. The hatching nymphs attack fruit and foliage, secreting a sweet liquid termed honeydew. Aphids and ants are attracted to the honeydew, so their presence is a sign that your tree may have the disease. Infected leaves can look burned and fall from the trees.

    Fixing pear tree problems involving pear psylla involves using dormant oil sprays during the tree’s dormancy. This winter spray also smothers other insect-related problems with pears, such as infestation by pear-leaf blister mites. These can also cause ornamental pear tree issues. Oil applications every seven days can also reduce spider mite infections.

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