How to Prune a Pear Tree


Pear trees are an ideal addition to any garden or landscape, with their easy maintenance, shade and delicious fruit harvest. They can be grown in warm or cold areas, but require shaping when they are young to keep an attractive shape and maximize fruit production. Keeep some key things in mind when pruning pear trees.

Step 1

Prune away any broken or dead branches from the pear tree throughout the entire year. Use the pruning shears for large branches or the scissors for smaller twigs.

Step 2

Prune in late winter to early spring to shape the pear tree. Make your cuts as clean as possible and cut all branches back to the point where they connect to the trunk.

Step 3

Prune away any shoots growing up around the bottom of the tree, using the scissors. Use the shears to cut away larger branches growing straight out to the side or down. The branches all need to be growing upward in some way.

Step 4

Prune away interior branches in overcrowded areas so that all parts of the pear tree can get sunshine. The leader, or main top branch, should be solitary. Cut off any competition that has sprung up next to it. Also, prune any branches that have whorls.

Things You'll Need

  • Gardening gloves
  • Pruning shears
  • Pruning scissors


  • Pruning Mature Fruit Trees
  • Pruning Pear Trees
Keywords: trimming pear trees, pruning fruit trees, pear tree care

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