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Pyrus salicifolius quick question

Wild_VioletWild_Violet ScotlandPosts: 108
Hi, my dogs got hold of a new Pyrus salicifolius that was still in it original plant pot as bought in the garden centre.  It was about six feet high with lovely weeping branches falling from the top.  It’s now about half the height with a stubby chewed central upright branch and several arms hanging down off this.
Is it likely to recover in any shape or form? Or should I compost now? Thanks 


  • rachelQrtJHBjbrachelQrtJHBjb South BucksPosts: 805
    It is standard practice for weeping pears to be top grafted, the graft union being at the top of the clear stem. If your dogs have bitten off the head and a good proportion of the upper stem I would not try and save it. It will never be the tree you bought.

    Let's see what others say. They may be more positive that me!
  • Wild_VioletWild_Violet ScotlandPosts: 108
    Thanks @rachelQrtJHBjb
    I feared as much!  Oh well, lesson learned re getting things planted up as soon as possible after buying them.  Thanks again. 🥀🍃 
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,204
    I'd agree- never going to recover.
    Difficult without seeing how bad the damage is, but if the trunk's damaged like that, you'll never have the plant you bought for the reasons given already. 
    They're beautiful trees, so well worth getting a new one, and making sure it's properly protected  ;)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • Such a shame, the pyrus is a lovely small tree which can grow into a spectacular large specimen. I think you will have to bin yours, irrepairable damage I am afraid. 
  • Wild_VioletWild_Violet ScotlandPosts: 108
    Thank you @Fairygirl and @Joyce Goldenlily
    I am a bit curious to see what will grow so am going to plant what’s left of it in a bit of spare ground behind my garden and hope it doesn’t grow into a monster! 
    Thank you all and lesson is well and truly learned vis-a-vis the hounds!  🙏
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,204
    They'll probably be grafted onto common  pear trees [communis] , although I'm not 100% sure on that  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • Exactly what I was thinking. If left to fruit it will produce pear shaped rock hard bulletts of miniscule size which are of no use to man nor beast.
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,581
    You'd be better off binning the damaged tree and training the dogs.  They need to learn not to eat stuff they find in the garden or on walkies as it could be poisonous to them.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 3,697
    edited November 2020
    Pyrus salicifolia is a super small tree with nice flowers and tiny pears.
    Agree with all others.
    Dump chewed stump and buy a new one.
    These are some  nice ones taken in other peoples gardens.

    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,204
    I had one in a previous garden which my girls bought me. I loved it. 
    One of the few things the subsequent sets of owners haven't hacked back or pulled out [to replace with leylandii]  so I suppose that's always something.  :/

    There's quite a lot of them round here. Beautiful  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

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