This is my pear tree, Pyrus calleryana --- this is the best it has looked since I planted it in 2005:
It came down in the freaky October snowstorm that buried southern New England and tore down so many trees. The Bradford pears are weak wooded and prone to falling apart, and they did not survive the heavy snow.
Other types of trees recovered from having their branches weighted to the ground in the snow, but the pear did not. Here is mine, the day after the storm. The drooping limbs did not pop back up when the snow melted, they snapped off or tore apart.
It was a good sized specimen, about 25 feet tall, standing alone in the side yard. But I never liked it, so I was not too upset when the branches broke off and we had to take the rest of it down.
I never liked it because it did this all the time --- it suckered. I cut back the sprouts a dozen times a season and they were always there the next week.
I never liked it because it was an ungainly, odd-branched shape, although other Bradford pears do have tightly pyramidal, shapely forms. This one did not.
I never liked it because it did not develop any fall color. Other Bradford pears are known for good deep color very late in the season, but this one just turned an indeterminate brown-green color with overtones of mustard.
It had its moments.
There were showy white flowers that covered the bare branches in early in spring. There were fruits that the birds devoured each year in one single day, swarming the tree and stripping it bare in three hours.
But it's gone now, and I am okay with that. More than okay. In fact, I am excited about planting a replacement and I need suggestions.
This is an open area of the yard, to the east side of the house, not tied to any gardens as you can see in the pictures. I want a large tree, a looker, a presence to fill the grassy lawn.
Suggestions? It doesn't need to be a flowering tree, but it needs to look good standing alone, sited in between the flat boring side of the house and the flat weedy meadow on the other side.
And it needs to hold up in a snowstorm.