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How to Plant Cleveland Pear Trees

By Bridget Kelly ; Updated September 21, 2017

The Cleveland pear (Pyrus calleryana 'Cleveland Select’) is a deciduous tree and a close relative of the Bradford pear. Hardy to USDA zones 4 through 9, the Cleveland pear puts on quite a show when it bursts into bloom with large white flowers in the spring. The encore happens in the fall with Cleveland pear foliage taking on all the typical autumn tones. Tall and slender, the Cleveland pear will grow to a height of 30 feet and spread to 15 feet wide. Not choosy about the soil in which it grows, the Cleveland pear is also drought-tolerant. Plant the Cleveland pear tree in the fall.

Choose a planting location for the Cleveland pear tree that receives a minimum of four hours of sun per day.

Pull any weeds from within a three-foot radius of the planting area.

Dig a hole that is the same depth as the container in which the Cleveland pear is growing. It should be three times as wide. Place the roots of the tree in the hole, and spread them out so that they aren’t wound around the root ball.

Fill the hole halfway with soil and then fill it with water. When the water drains, continue filling the hole with soil. Use your hands or feet to pack the soil around the base of the tree.

Apply a three-inch layer of mulch around the Cleveland pear tree. Keep it at least three inches from the trunk and spread it out to two feet, completely surrounding the tree.

Lay the hose next to the base of the tree and turn it on to a slow trickle. Allow it to sit for 30 minutes and then move it to the other side of the tree for another 30 minutes.

Keep the soil consistently moist until the Cleveland pear tree shows new growth.



Things You Will Need

  • Shovel
  • Hose

About the Author


Based in the American Southwest, Bridget Kelly has been writing about gardening and real estate since 2005. Her articles have appeared at Trulia.com, SFGate.com, GardenGuides.com, RE/MAX.com, MarketLeader.com, RealEstate.com, USAToday.com and in "Chicago Agent" magazine, to name a few. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in creative writing.