Most people put all the pretty plants out in front for everyone to see, while the rest – the vegetables and fruit trees are at the backyard – but not pear trees. Pear trees do not just produce fruits, they can also make any garden pretty because of its different shapes.
Like most fruit trees, pears can be “trained” into various shapes while they are still young and growing. Popular pear tree shapes are pyramidal and conical. Some tree varieties are symmetrical, while others are ovular in shape.
Not only that, pear trees – especially the flowering type – produces dainty white flowers and foliage that blazes into deep red during the fall season.
But pruning pear trees into these shapes aren’t done just to make them look beautiful. They are shaped for more important reasons.
For one, they are pruned to make its branches sturdy. Pear trees do not have very strong branches and pruning will certainly help them increase the strength of their basis.
When a pear tree is symmetrically-shaped, it will produce fruits abundantly – and will look astonishing pretty, too. Pruning will also make pear trees easier to manage.
When you shape a pear tree into a pyramid, make sure that the branches you leave out are proportional to the size of the main body, getting thinner and shorter as it you go nearer the top.
One good thing about the pyramid shape is, the fruits will appear closer to the trunk which means they will have enough sun exposure to make them ripen properly. The fruits will also be amply protected from strong winds, preventing them from being knocked out of the tree.
However, avoid pruning heavily to avoid the tree to set deficient fruits. Also, pruning too much will make the spurs go over to wood instead of becoming fruit-bearers.
Ornamental pear trees come in several sizes and shapes.
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