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 Pear tree available for transplant or scions 
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Post Pear tree available for transplant or scions
Hello,

We have a mature pear tree, about 10' tall, that needs to be moved out of its current location. We would gladly donate it to anyone interested in transplanting it, or let you take scions off it.

If I'm granted permission to attach images here I will do that, or post them somewhere else and link to them. The tree has been growing in the shadow of a large laurel hedge, because of this it has grown asymmetrically.

Thank you,
Leigh


Mon Mar 17, 2014 1:59 pm
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Joined: Tue Jun 19, 2012 9:30 am
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Location: Springfield, OH Zone 6a
Post Re: Pear tree available for transplant or scions
Hi Leigh,

Do you happen to know what variety of pear this is? I'm looking for a self pollinating variety to espalier train to a southwest facing wall of my house.


Mon Mar 17, 2014 5:57 pm
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Post Re: Pear tree available for transplant or scions
Hi sohoppy,

Thanks for your interest. Using such an asymmetrically-grown tree as an espalier sounds like a great idea!

I don't know the variety of pear, sorry. My guess is that it is self-pollinating, since there are no other pear trees I know of in the immediate area, but I can't say for sure (and I say that without any real knowledge of the pollinating range of insects).

I was hoping to post photos right in this thread, but I probably need to make more posts until I get those priviledges. So, here are some photos of the tree, from just the other day, including one showing its current state of budding:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/whnwpowfnnknlke/Co8DNAajn5

I am in SE Portland, by the way, just south of Powell near 39th.

cheers,
Leigh


Tue Mar 18, 2014 9:02 pm
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Location: Yamhill County, Oregon
Post Re: Pear tree available for transplant or scions
That tree looks like a great candidate for removal, and a very generous offer. Since sohoppy’s in Ohio … I hope this post gets noticed by members in the Portland area. I’ve 5 pear trees …or I’d be there today with my shovel!

Leigh, the variety is very important to anyone considering it, can you describe the fruit and about the time they get ripe? Do they have the ‘classic’ pear shape, is the skin smooth, any color..?

If I were interested (which as an amateur orchardist – I always am :mrgreen: ), I’d take the chance it’s a decent pear, do some extensive pruning (to balance out the root-loss), spend several hours digging, replant it in a better location, then wait to see what it produces.

If you (its new keeper) don’t like the variety, hit our grafting classes and propagation fair next winter/ spring - then add on 2 or 3 more varieties. With the likelihood of new ‘watershoots,’ you could easily ‘whip & tongue’ graft or simply train them into perfect limbs. (cage against deer in the new location).

Yes, this is a wonderful offer, thank you Leigh – let us know how it goes :P

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Wed Mar 19, 2014 9:58 am
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Location: Springfield, OH Zone 6a
Post Re: Pear tree available for transplant or scions
Oh, no, I wouldn't want the whole asymmetrical tree, just a scion or two to graft. I do appreciate the sarcasm though, haha.


Thu Mar 20, 2014 6:50 pm
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