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How to Prune a Kieffer Pear Tree

By Larry Parr ; Updated September 21, 2017

Kiefer pears are a beautiful European fruit that ripens late in the season. They are self-pollinating and will also pollinate other varieties of pears. Kiefer pears should be vigorously pruned in the winter when the tree is dormant.

Choose a dominate branch at the top of the tree that is the most vertical. This branch will be your central leader. Cut the tip of your central leader if you wish to slow the tree from getting taller.

Cut any dead branches or any branches which appear diseased, broken or weak.

Cut any branches that cross other branches or grow straight sideways or downward. Cut branches that grow across the center of the tree. Branches should be cut at or near the trunk.

Cut any branches that grow out of the trunk below the first major union of the central leader and the main branch.

Cut suckers that sprout from the roots at ground level.

Cut the tips of remaining major branches to encourage a fuller look and to slow the rate of growth.


Things You Will Need

  • Loppers
  • Saw
  • Ladder
  • Rake


  • Kiefer pears should be thinned after fruit has set on; less fruit results in larger, tastier pears.


  • Always rake any fallen fruit or dead or diseased branches and discard to inhibit the spread any any pear tree diseases.

About the Author


Larry Parr has been a full-time professional freelance writer for more than 30 years. For 25 years he wrote cartoons for television, everything from "Smurfs" to "Spider-Man." Today Parr train dogs and write articles on a variety of topics for websites worldwide.