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I know that the fruit on the weeping willow leaved pear is inedible but it does look very pretty and I want some. I have had my single specimen for three or four years now - it produced a fruit shortly after purchase but never since. Does it need a friend?
If it does need a friend does it need a close friend? I ask because I have just bought a pair of conference pear trees which I will be planting in the vicinity - will they do the trick or is that like trying to mate a St Bernard with a chihuaha? As you can see I know nothing about gardening other than what looks pretty. Keeping them pretty is the tricky part. But then again just being alive constitutes success in my (gardening) book.

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  • Posted: Wed. 28th April 2010 14:51

Pyrus salicifolia 'Pendula' fruit

Reply from Kathy C

Hi, Lynn,
Unfortunately, weeping willow pear does not produce a lot of fruit. Having another pear nearby won't help much because most of the pollen in the flowers is sterile - it just can't reproduce. The Conference pears are partially self-fertile so might help a very little, but not much. I guess one consolation is your Malus 'Golden Hornet' should produce plenty of fruit! :)
Kathy C.

  • Posted: Thu. 29th April 2010 20:25