Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The Flowering Pears Are Blooming Now?

It’s the first week of April and the Flowering Pears are in full bloom now throughout the middle Rio Grande Valley of New Mexico. Trees are literally covered with white flowers.

Flowering Pears produce two spectacular shows annually. In spring, they produce a profusion of white flower blossoms.

In fall, trees are equally spectacular

with leaves that turn a brilliant red-maroon.

In between shows, they have beautiful glossy green leaves. Flowering Pears do not produce edible fruits but sometimes produce small remnant fruits about the size of marbles.

Flowering Pears are not well-suited for xeriscape or rockscape gardens as they require regular water for optimal growth and seasonal color displays.

There are several flowering pear varieties available including Bradford Pear (Pyrus calleryiana), Cleveland Select Pear, and Aristocrat Pear. These varieties vary in growth form and ultimate mature size.

Contact the nursery at or by phone at 505-866-5027 for more information and availability.

Photos and Narrative By:
Stephen Sain
Staff Plant Physiologist

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