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Pyrus salicifolia 'Pendula'


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Flowers, Fruit



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Pyrus salicifolia 'Pendula'
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Home-grown pears are far superior in flavour to anything you can buy in the shops. What's more, a much greater variety of cultivars is available if you grow your own.

Pear trees are easy to grow and are available grafted on to a range of rootstocks, making them perfect for growing in any size of garden – some can even be grown in containers. There are plenty of cultivars to choose from, which typically fall into two categories: dessert (for eating) and cooking.

If you're looking for a superb tree covered in a mass of silver-grey leaves, Pyrus salicifolia 'Pendula' is one of the best. It makes a great congested mound of arching, downward-pointing growth, with a fluttering of leaves like those of an olive tree, and comes alive in spring when it erupts in creamy white flowers. This is followed by a small crop of 3cm-long, completely inedible pears. 'Pendula' is ideal for small gardens, being half the height of its species parent. It has been given the Award of Garden Merit by the RHS.

Family: Roseaceae

Genus: Pyrus

Species: communis

Plant type: Fruit

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Green

Feature: Flowers, Fruit

Sun exposure: Full sun/Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 500cm

Spread: 400cm

Time to plant: October to March

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