Ornamental Pear (PYRUS USSURIENSIS BAILFROST) - 'Mountain Frost Pear'
A hardy, flowering ornamental pear, Pyrus ussuriensis ‘Bailfrost’ MOUNTAIN FROST® PEAR has a nice, vigorous, upright oval growth habit. Profuse white flowers in spring, sparse fruit production, glossy-dark green foliage, and good burgundy fall color make this an outstanding and hardy ornamental tree. A Bailey Nurseries introduction.
Reaching a height of 25 feet and width of 20 feet, 'Mountain Frost Pear' claims to be the hardiest of the ornamental pears. It is rated at USDA Hardiness Zone 3 and is very resistant to fireblight. When selecting a planting site, be sure that it will receive full sun and well-drained soil. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to the soil type or pH and is highly tolerant of urban pollution. This dense, deciduous tree has a strong central leader and distinctive, refined pyramidal form making it a lovely accent shade tree or used in a combination planting grouped with one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs.
Best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 4 feet from the ground, and should NOT be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 70 years or more.