You think you are already familiar with pears when you see the light yellow or green kind in the green grocers. But the truth is, there are over a thousand varieties of pear worldwide. Some of them you may not have seen the shadow of.
But there are only two main kinds of pear trees: the flowering or ornamental kind, and the fruiting kind.
Flowering pear tree varieties do not produce fruits. Yet they are favored over the other varieties. It’s probably because they have a unique oval or pyramidal shape with delicate white flowers and foliage that turn a fiery red, orange and purple in the fall.
They can make any space look quite attractive and they do not take up a lot of room.
Some of the most common flowering pear trees are Aristocrat, Bradford, Frontier, Autumn Blaze, Trinity and Chanticleer, to name a few.
Fruiting pear trees, as its name suggests, bears fruits. They are very hardy – one that can tolerate harsh weather and soil conditions.
Standard fruit-bearing pear trees however, are quite large. They can grow as high as 30 feet with a trunk diameter of 12 inches – even more. There are newer fruiting varieties that are dwarfed and semi-dwarfed, so if you do not have enough space at home, you can opt to grow this instead.
Some of the most common fruiting pear trees include Bartlett, Asian and European pear trees.