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Pyrus salicifolia ‘Pendula’

Weeping Willow-Leafed Pear
Rosaceae
Deciduous, Trees

PYRUS

Ornamental pears are grown for their profuse late-winter or early-spring show of white flowers and their lustrous leaves. Not at their best in shallow soils, they’re otherwise unfussy, even growing well in heavy clay. Most are subject to fireblight. Fruiting pears are described under Pear, Asian and Pear, European.

Pyrus salicifolia ‘Pendula’

Elegant specimen plant to 12–15 ft. tall and 10–12 ft. wide. Grown for its silvery, willow-like foliage and beautiful weeping habit; the form is showcased in winter, when branches are bare. Flowers appear as the leaves emerge in early spring. Leaves are to 3 1/2 in. long; silvery white when new, slowly turning silvery green in summer. Fruit is insignificant. Very susceptible to fireblight. Sometimes sold as ‘Silver Frost’.

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