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Information on Ornamental Dwarf Pear Trees

By Paula Ezop ; Updated September 21, 2017

Dwarf pear trees are an excellent choice for the home garden or home landscape as they grow to a height of 8 to 10 feet tall, they have beautiful spring blossoms, and attractive fall foliage. Fruiting begins in the second year after planting.


There are two types of ornamental dwarf pear trees. Some produce fruit and others are fruitless.


The fruitless dwarf pear trees require very little maintenance, although some varieties may have thorns. Fruiting dwarf pear trees such as the Kieffer dwarf pear does require another dwarf pear tree as a pollinator.


Most dwarf pear trees require moderately fertile soil, and soil that is well drained. However, the Callery dwarf pear tree (which does not bear fruit) will tolerate poor soil.


Fruiting trees will require pruning to thin out the crown and to head back terminal branches. Fruitless trees will require pruning to maintain its size within your landscape, to remove dead, diseased or damaged branches.


Ornamental dwarf pear trees are not for commercial growers, they are mainly used in the home garden/landscape. They can be planted and enjoyed as a specimen planting (fruitless trees), or planted to enjoy the fruit that fruiting trees produce.


About the Author


Paula M. Ezop’s inspirational column "Following the Spiritual Soul" appeared in "Oconee Today," a Scripps Howard publication. She has published her first book, "SPIRITUALITY for Mommies," and her children's chapter book, "The Adventures of Penelope Star," will be published by Wiggles Press. Ezop has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northeastern Illinois University and has been writing for 10 years.