Growing a Pear Tree: How Much Space You Need

With its dainty white flowers with leaves that turn a fiery red in autumn, a pear tree is a spectacular view to behold in your garden.  And with the many varieties available today, you do not need as much space as you used to in order to grow them.

Pear is a deciduous tree that is very similar to apple trees.  It has two main species: the fruiting and the flowering tree.

Some pear trees are parthenocarpic, which means they can bear fruit without being pollinated, while some breeds have to be cross-pollinated.

Today, there are over a thousand pear tree varieties that are easily cross-bred and with different rootstocks to control its size and how fast it bears its first fruit.

A dwarfed Bosc pear tree has even been developed at the Appalachian Fruit Research Station in West Virginia.  However, it may take some time before it can be commercially available.

To know how much space you will need to grow a pear tree, you will have to determine first what type of pear you want to grow and what characteristics of rootstock it has.

Standard pear trees can grow as tall as 30 feet with a trunk that can grow as wide as 12 inches or more.  Dwarfed pear treed would need a space of at least 12 feet by 12 feet.

Pear trees, whether dwarfed or standard, need ample of room around them to ensure proper airflow.

Semi-dwarf and standard-sized pear trees should be planted 25 to 30 feet from other trees.  If you are planting more than one pear tree, make sure the branches do not touch the branch of the other trees.

Bartlett pear trees are naturally small, so you may want to grow it if you have limited space.  Dwarf trees are also another great choice for people who do not have enough room to spare.

They also produce fruits earlier compared to standard trees.  However, dwarf trees have shorter life spans.