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Old 03-17-2012, 10:11 AM
gravitycrash is offline
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Location: St.Louis MO.
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Cleveland Pears are probably the fastest growing ornamental tree. They are slightly stronger than Bradford Pears although you should keep it somewhat sheltered from the prevailing wind/usual direction where you get severe weather from.

I planted a 4 footer in fall of 2009 and it's already 10 feet tall with a trunk 4 inches in diameter.
I planted it with a southwest exposure which isn't the best idea for this area because of said storms but I wanted it to grow rapidly. It can take all of the sun you can give it.

It's nickname is the heart breaker tree for good reason though. The branches at the connection point with the trunk is the weak point so a severe storm can do a lot of damage.

Oh well it's worked out beautifully so far. You're just taking some chances with it.