ornamental pear tree height

Asked April 26, 2016, 12:51 PM EDT

our pear trees have gotten tall and spindly - is it safe to top them in hopes of having them shorter and wider?

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Otero County Colorado trees and shrubs

3 Responses

Thank you for your question.

What variety of pear tree are they?

it is an ornamental pear - about 20 yrs old..- does not bear fruit - has white blossoms in mid to last of April that last about a week or so depending if there is a big wind...

Avoid topping a tree. Topping opens the tree to internal decay and cracking. Regrowth of watersprouts (adventitious shoots) is structurally unsound.

Shoots which grow after topping are weaker than the original limbs. They will be more likely to split off and cause damage unless they are removed every few years. Also, wood rots are more likely to be a problem in topped trees, resulting in poorer tree health and greater likelihood of limb breakage.

Here is a link from Purdue University regarding pruning ornamental trees. Please read it and let us know if you have any additional questions.
https://www.hort.purdue.edu/ext/HO-4.pdf