This Weeping Pear tree (Pyrus salicifolia 'Pendula') is a rather petite, spreading tree with the most graceful, weeping branches coupled with silvery grey, long, almost willow shaped leaves. During spring, this tree is cloaked in creamy coloured flowers. Like Chanticleer, our other ornamental pear, the pears are inedible. An ideal specimen tree for smaller town gardens, in particular those based on a white or grey colour scheme, it is pollution tolerant and can cope with alkaline soils. Expect a final height of around 10m (30ft).
Also known as Pendulous Weeping Pear Tree, Weeping Silver Pear or "that lovely tree over there!"
As with most weeping trees, you can determine final height by allowing the tree to grow to the height you require and then cut the main trunk/stem. If you are going to restrict growth by keeping it in the pot and then planting it, you need to remember to feed every year. The larger the pot, the larger the tree will grow.
This tree is supplied at a height of between 1.20m and 1.8m in a container, which means that the tree has an already established root system and therefore this tree can be planted any time of the year and with better results than either bare-root or rootballed trees. Message card included at no additional cost if required.
Pyrus Salicofolia Powdery Mildews
Weeping pear trees may get this so you should be aware of what it is and what you can do to reduce the chances of getting it. It won't harm the tree, it only looks like it will. Sometimes your best preventative efforts are not enough if the weather provides ideal conditions for it to thrive.
It is a fungal disease covering most of the tree to include foliage, fruits and stems. Symptoms include white powdery patches and some possible distortion or stunting and some plants turning brown.
Chemical free control includes removing all fallen leaves that have been infected and pruning out foliage showing early signs of it. Keeping the plant watered at the roots (not the foliage) and feeding it will help make it less prone to infection.
Fungacides approved for ornamental plants include Scotts Fungus Clear Ultra, Bayer Fungus Fighter Concentrate, Tebuconazole, Bayer Fungus Fighter Plus and Triticonazole. This list changes regularly so best to check with your local gardening centre for approved chemicals.
Prevention measures include keeping moisture levels under control. This can be done by keeping the grass short or any other water trapping foliage trimmed and by letting in as much air and sun into the garden as possible to dry out the rains. Basically moisture that hangs around is a big part of the problem. Watering the base of the tree and not the foliage is probably the biggest measure you can take and pruning the tree to have an open centre will help.
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Ornamental Tree Roots In The Shade e.g. Behind A Fence
It is more important that that foliage (posh term for leaves) receives the sunlight than the roots. So if the canopy of your ornamental tree can sunbathe but the bottom of your tree thinks there has been a nuclear winter then that is ok. You might want to ensure you have good drainage as water and no sun is the start of algae and other such issues.
Early Autumn Leaf Fall
Heat stress, being potted, lack of water, being boxed up for a few days etc can cause early Autumn leaf fall. Once planted, normal service will resume next season.
Do I Need To Stake My Ornamental Tree?
9 out of 10 times the answer will be no, especially if under 200cm tall. However our article on Tree Staking should help guide you.
UK Grown Ornamental TreesClimate Change
All our trees are banned from overseas travel so that we can state they are all UK grown. We have removed Internet access from the nursery so they cannot book any flights.
Warm and wet conditions from Climate Change have increased aesthetic foliage issues such as Powdery Mildew, Shothole, Rust etc These are not terminal issues and will usually last a season. All trees are inspected before being sent out to ensure they are fundamentally healthy. Planting In The Corner Of A GardenAir and light is reduced in this location which could promote fungus and bacterial issues. If the corner is of the house and a fence then you also have leeching issues to contend with from cement and wood preservatives. Also when it rains, that area would experience higher water levels so we advise against it unless the plant is very hardy.