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Post  JimLewis on Fri Dec 03, 2010 8:39 pm

Pyrus pyrifolia, Chinese sand pear, in winter display. I'm slooooowly getting a bit of ramification in this otherwise rather coarse species.

Now to get it to bloom. I've grown it so far for spectacular fall color. This has been in a bonsai pot for more than 15 years. From a seedling. It's going into a round, light blue Nick Lenz pot this spring.


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Pear in winter

Post  moyogijohn on Fri Dec 03, 2010 10:25 pm

JIM,,That is a very good looking tree..It looks a lot older without leaves than 15 years..good job!!! take care john

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Post  gregb on Sat Dec 04, 2010 2:56 am

Your pear is looking good, Jim. Can you show us a pic of the pot by Nick?

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Post  Ravi Kiran on Sat Dec 04, 2010 6:09 am

Very nice tree Jim and very good branch ramification. I am sure that the years you've spent on this tree have been worth it. Talking of which has the tree fruited?? And if it did do you have pics of the same. And BTW how tall is this tree??

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Post  Lee Kennedy on Sat Dec 04, 2010 8:02 am

Really nice,how big is it?

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Post  Todd Ellis on Sat Dec 04, 2010 12:56 pm

Hi Jim,
Very nice pear. How do you plan to get it to bloom? Is it a matter of age or selective pruning? I have a 12 year old seedling which has been pot grown for most of its life. I prune for shape and no blooms yet. I'm wondering if I should just let it grow "wild" for a season. My fear is that I will lose "what little" ramification I have. The Fall colors on these are breathtaking!
Best, Todd
This is a Spring photo: tree is approx 18 inches (45 cm) long, 12 inches (30 cm) tall. Not the right rock yet, but a start.


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Post  JimLewis on Sat Dec 04, 2010 1:55 pm

It is 10.5 inches from the pot rim.

It has never flowered; hence never had fruit. The tree itself is about 25 years old. Ovr 5 years, I pruned it in the ground where it had sprouted from fruit fallen from the mother tree -- about 30 feet tall (these pears are large trees) and which bloomed and fruited prolifically every year. The flowers are gorgeous. The fruit is about the shape and size of a golf ball -- and tastes about the same.

Here's the pot


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Post  Todd Ellis on Sat Dec 04, 2010 2:10 pm

Lovely pot!

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Post  Guest on Sat Dec 04, 2010 4:36 pm

Hello Jim. I remember you posting the stunning colour of this Pear. There are lots of fruiting trees that, when growwm=n from seed, take decades to flower in an open ground environment. Maybe bud grafting from the Mother tree is your answer? The pot colour will go really well come Autumn.

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Post  ogie on Sat Dec 04, 2010 4:52 pm

Nice tree Jim

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Post  JimLewis on Sat Dec 04, 2010 6:36 pm

will baddeley wrote:Hello Jim. I remember you posting the stunning colour of this Pear. There are lots of fruiting trees that, when growwm=n from seed, take decades to flower in an open ground environment. Maybe bud grafting from the Mother tree is your answer? The pot colour will go really well come Autumn.

Wish I could. The yahoos who bought our old farm in Florida bulldozed all 8 of the pears (along with several large Osage oranges) that lined our drive. They all were 30-40 feet tall. In spring there was a row of white and in fall, and row of blazing color. All gone now. I''l try some bloom buster fertilizer over the next couple of years.

I keep telling newcomers to this sport that patience is a virtue, and I nursed a couple of wisteria for 15 years before they bloomed so maybe I just need more patience.

I'll take a pic when it is repotted.

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Post  JimLewis on Sat Dec 04, 2010 6:40 pm

Todd wrote:

I prune for shape and no blooms yet. I'm wondering if I should just let it grow "wild" for a season.

I defoliate at least once every (almost) summer to improve ramification, then every fall after leaves have dropped, I cut the tips off every branch. That promotes growth of buds deeper inside the tree.

You probably can't ever expect the same ramification off these that you get with a hornbeam. They're just too coarse a tree.

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Post  杰遨-jie on Sun Dec 12, 2010 5:40 pm

Very Happy

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Post  F. Waheedy on Sun Dec 12, 2010 6:02 pm

Beautiful tree, Jim. I,d love to see it in leaves.

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Post  Karl Thier on Sun Dec 12, 2010 6:14 pm

[quote="JimLewis"]Pyrus pyrifolia, Chinese sand pear, in winter display. I'm slooooowly getting a bit of ramification in this otherwise rather coarse species.

Now to get it to bloom. I've grown it so far for spectacular fall color. This has been in a bonsai pot for more than 15 years. From a seedling. It's going into a round, light blue Nick Lenz pot this spring.

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Hi Jim, I admire people have the patience for seedlings, thumbs up I am not able to do so.
But I love wild pears and have dug some nice pieces from nature. Wink

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Post  JimLewis on Sun Dec 12, 2010 8:16 pm

I was a young grasshopper then, Karl. I had the time -- and the trees just sprouted; had to do something with them. Yours are super. Do you know what kind of pear they are?

F. Waheedy. Here it was in the summer of 09, then this past fall.




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Post  xuxumi on Mon Dec 13, 2010 10:54 am

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Post  Karl Thier on Tue Dec 14, 2010 6:27 pm

JimLewis wrote:I was a young grasshopper then, Karl. I had the time -- and the trees just sprouted; had to do something with them. Yours are super. Do you know what kind of pear they are?

F. Waheedy. Here it was in the summer of 09, then this past fall.

Yes Jim, the first image Pyrus communis and Pyrus pyraster.

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