How to Plant a Cleveland Pear Tree


Cleveland pear trees grow in a tight, nearly perfect oval shape. The leaves fill in gaps, creating a smooth surface area. The tree grows to a height of 40 feet and a width of 30 feet. It does the best in full or partial sun. In the spring, pure white flowers bloom on the Cleveland pear. Color continues into the fall, when the leaves turn a deep red color. Gardeners in colder climates need not fear; the tree resists ice, snow and wind. It also holds up well against pests.

Step 1

Pick a planting spot that allows overhead room for a 40 foot tree. There cannot be any power lines or roof lines overhead.

Step 2

Dig a hole that is almost as deep as the Cleveland pear's root ball. Make sure it is twice as wide as the root system.

Step 3

Scrape the sides of the hole with the shovel to loosen up the soil. This will help the roots break through the ground as they expand in size.

Step 4

Place the Cleveland pear tree in the hole. Separate the roots with your fingers and guide them into the hole. Make sure the plant sits about 1 inch higher than the soil around it.

Step 5

Step back and see which side of the tree is the best looking. Adjust it so that the most aesthetically pleasing side is where you can see it.

Step 6

Keep the Cleveland pear tree straight as you add soil into the hole. Put a few shovelfuls of soil in, then add water to get rid of air pockets. Keep going until the tree is securely planted.

Step 7

Water the tree. Add 2 to 3 inches of mulch around the base of the tree to keep the soil moist.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Mulch



Who Can Help

  • Fast Growing Trees Nursery
  • Nature Hills Nursery
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