Great Design Plant: Evergreen Pear
PROFILE INTRO It’s a true pear, but you don’t grow it for fruit but for the winter-spring white flowers – often the only thing blooming heavily at the time of year in may parts of California. It’s a nice evergreen tree (decid on colder climates) and xxxxxxx. Versatile espalier, takes pruing but cuts off flowers.
Distinguishing traits: In mild climates (such as California), abundant white blossoms come really early in the year – a hint of spring even in January. Foliage is mostly evergreen, deciduous in colder climates. How to use it: Easily trained (with pruning and staking) into a small patio tree or even a full-sized street tree. Very trainable, it can be pruned into an espalier on a blank wall or fence. Before you plant it: Shop for plants already trained for your situation: as a single or multiple trunk tree.