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Pyrus salicifolia 'Pendula' (Pendulous willow-leaved pear)

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skill rating
1 hour care
per year
12m
Max height
12m
Max spread
20-50 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Pyrus salicifolia 'Pendula'

Other names

Pendulous willow-leaved pear, Weeping silver pear

Genus

Pyrus Pyrus

Variety or Cultivar

'Pendula' _ 'Pendula' is a small, weeping deciduous pear tree with narrow grey leaves and creamy-white flowers in spring followed by small, brown fruits in autumn.


Pyrus salicifolia 'Pendula' is: Deciduous

Tree shape

Large weeping

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

White in Spring

Foliage

Silvery-grey in Spring; Silvery-grey, Green in Summer

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest free

Canker , Fireblight , Honey fungus , Pear rust , Powdery mildew , Pear scab Canker , Fireblight , Honey fungus , Pear rust , Powdery mildew , Pear scab

General care

Propagation methods

Seed


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Where to grow

Pyrus salicifolia 'Pendula' (Pendulous willow-leaved pear) will reach a height of 12m and a spread of 12m after 20-50 years.

Suggested uses

Low Maintenance, Wildlife, Architectural, Specimen tree

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained soil in full.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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We do not currently have companion plants added for this plant.

Botanical name

Pyrus salicifolia 'Pendula'

Other names

Pendulous willow-leaved pear, Weeping silver pear

Genus

Pyrus Pyrus

Variety or Cultivar

'Pendula' _ 'Pendula' is a small, weeping deciduous pear tree with narrow grey leaves and creamy-white flowers in spring followed by small, brown fruits in autumn.

Foliage

Deciduous

Tree shape

Large weeping

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

White in Spring

Foliage

Silvery-grey in Spring; Silvery-grey, Green in Summer


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest free

Specific diseases

Canker , Fireblight , Honey fungus , Pear rust , Powdery mildew , Pear scab

General care

Propagation methods

Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Pyrus salicifolia 'Pendula' (Pendulous willow-leaved pear) will reach a height of 12m and a spread of 12m after 20-50 years.

Suggested uses

Low Maintenance, Wildlife, Architectural, Specimen tree

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained soil in full.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Pyrus salicifolia 'Pendula' (Pendulous willow-leaved pear)

Common pest name

Decline of pear; Leaf curl of pear; Moria disease of pear; Pear leaf curl

Scientific pest name

Candidatus Phytoplasma pyri on perry pears

Type

Phytoplasma

Current status in UK

Present (Limited)

Likelihood to spread in UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

5

General biosecurity comments

The pest and vector are already present in the UK. Regulation appears to have been ineffective at preventing entry and establishment. A change of regulatory status is being considered at EU level. Industry may also want to review their management practices.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Pyrus salicifolia 'Pendula' (Pendulous willow-leaved pear)

Common pest name

grape ground pearl

Scientific pest name

Margarodes vitis

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

5

General biosecurity comments

Main pathway; Vitis spp. plants for planting; already prohibited. However; further consideration of other pathways is required.

Defra's Risk register #3

Plant name

Pyrus salicifolia 'Pendula' (Pendulous willow-leaved pear)

Common pest name

Round headed apple tree borer

Scientific pest name

Saperda candida

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

American wood boring beetle; single European incursion into a German Island in the Baltic; limited likelihood of introduction into the UK due to small volume of trade and import inspections. Possible EU listing will limit risk further.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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