Pruning Asian Pears in California


Posted by Horticulture Guy - Peter Punzi | Posted in Gardening Q & A, Southwest U.S. Gardeners | Posted on 02-02-2010

Q. I live in San Diego, California and I am wondering when the best time to prune an Asian Pear Tree (fruitless). It has tons of white flowers now, but once the flowers are gone we would like to shape it because it has several branches extending out. What is the best month to prune this tree in Southern Calif.? Thank you! Cristy

A. Ideally Asian Pears and other stone fruit are pruned during the dormant season. But this doesn’t mean it can’t be done at other times. Pruning can be done during the growing season to remove injured or diseased branches, or in your case to do some shaping.

Here is some info from your extension down at the University of California that I think you might find useful as you care for your Asian Pears:

Apples and Pears: Calendar of Operations for Home Gardeners

Fruit Trees: Training and Pruning Deciduous Trees