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How to Care for a Cleveland Pear Tree

By Sarah Terry ; Updated September 21, 2017

Although its name can be misleading, the Cleveland pear tree does not bear fruit. It does, however, produce a mass of gorgeous white blossoms in the spring and displays vibrant red-, purple- and orange-colored leaves in the fall. Cleveland pears are becoming increasingly popular ornamental trees in neighborhoods and urban areas, mostly because they are easy to grow and hardy, and tolerate urban conditions well. They can grow in a wide variety of soils, are heat- and drought-tolerant, and require little maintenance.

Allow for full, direct sunlight to reach your Cleveland pear tree, or partial shade that allows for at least a few hours of direct sunlight. You don’t need to fret over too much sunlight.

Water your tree generously after transplanting. Place a hose next to the trunk and allow a slow trickle of water to flow for 30 to 45 minutes, moving the hose around every 10 minutes. Plant your tree in the fall or spring.

Water your tree regularly after it’s established. Supplement rainfall with one watering per week, as needed.

Prune your tree in the fall. It will retain its nice oval shape naturally, so you don’t need to prune in order to shape it. Simply remove any dead, diseased or damaged wood, cutting twigs and branches at an angle. Using an angled cut on the top branches to “top off” the tree will promote good health and growth.

Give your Cleveland pear enough space to grow. It will grow up to 30 feet high and 13 to 15 feet wide.


Things You Will Need

  • Hose
  • Pruning shears


  • Try planting Cleveland Pear trees along the border of your property or along the street. They make wonderful street trees due to their year-round beauty, rapid growth and hardy nature.


  • Don't do any heavy pruning that alters the tree's strong branch structure. The Cleveland Pear's branch structure is important to the trees survival in cold conditions and ice.

About the Author


Sarah Terry brings over 10 years of experience writing novels, business-to-business newsletters and a plethora of how-to articles. Terry has written articles and publications for a wide range of markets and subject matters, including Medicine & Health, Eli Financial, Dartnell Publications and Eli Journals.