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Pyrus salcifolia
Pendula has received the RHS Award of Garden Merit

Pyrus salcifolia Pendula is a very attractive ornamental pear tree. It is named for the resemblance of its leaves to those of the weeping willow.

The main attraction is undoutedly the grey-green leaves, which gradually darken as summer progresses - but the white lightly scented spring blossom is also a feature.

The branches also have a somewhat weeping habit, particularly when young, but the mature tree tends to have a spreading rather than weeping form.

The fruits are purely ornamental, and not suitable for human consumption.

As well as the regular form, we sometimes have Pendula available as a "top-worked" tree - grafted on top of a 1.2m clear-stem. This accentuates the weeping habit.

Pendula flowering pear trees for sale

  • 11-year bare-root tree £46.50
    Large size (3m-5m after 10 years)
  • 22-year pot-grown tree £72.00
    In a 12L pot
    Very large size (4m-7m after 10 years)
You can now pre-order for next season.

How to grow

The branches of Pyrus salcifolia Pendula become quite dense, so it can be used for hedging - and it also responds well to pruning at almost any time of the year.

The tree is relatively slow-growing, and tolerant of most soils and situations, but does best in a sunny spot.


Pyrus salcifolia is a native of central Russia and the near east.

Pendula characteristics

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • AwardsRHS AGM (current) - 1993
  • Attractive featuresAttractive flowersAttractive foliageScented flowers
  • Growth habitSpreading / Flat-topped
  • Height after 10 years2.5m-3.5m / 8ft-12ft
  • SunlightTolerates shadePrefers full sun
  • PruningPrune hard
  • Growth rateSlow
  • Site conditionsOccasional drought
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Flowering monthApril
  • Leaf colourGrey-green
  • Leaf colour - autumnGreen
  • Fruit sizeSmall
  • Annual cycleDeciduous

What will it look like?

Illustrative examples of 12L pot-grown trees of this variety as supplied. Approximate girth: 6/8cm. We try to keep all pot-grown trees down to about 1.5m as supplied, but some may be larger. Trees should reach their mature height after about 10 or more years. We may also have 1-year bare-root trees of this variety - they are not shown here.

Pyrus Salicifolia Pendula pear tree
Pyrus Salicifolia Pendula pear tree
Pyrus Salicifolia Pendula pear tree top worked 120cm
Pyrus Salicifolia Pendula pear tree top worked 120cm