A Silver Cascading Silhouette in a May Garden

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I have one focal point  which is a real “show stopper” in the front garden at this time of year.    It’s  Pyrus salicifolia pendula – the silver weeping pear tree.  Just now even the branches look as if they have had an airbrushing with silver dust along with silvery downy leaves that are ever so soft to the touch.
Pyrus salicifolia pendula – the silver weeping pear tree blooms
Silver weeping pear tree buds
It graces the garden just now with clusters of beautiful white flowers and purple centres.    Little brown inedible fruits  appear in late summer which are popular with the blackbirds.  Even during the wintertime it looks graceful in the border with its elegant silhouette of branches and it looks fantastic with a dusting of frost on its bare stems.   All those attributes  encouraged me to buy it as I like to have trees and shrubs that have more than one season of interest in the garden.
I  think its a perfect tree for  a small garden.  I’ve even seen in one garden design book where 2 of them were trained to make an arbour.
Pyrus salicifolia pendula – the silver weeping pear tree flowers
Silver dust
lifted from the earth,
higher than my arms can reach,
you have mounted.
O silver,
higher than my arms can reach
you front us with great mass;
no flower ever opened
so staunch a white leaf,
no flower ever parted silver
from such rare silver;
O white pear,
your flower-tufts,
thick on the branch
bring summer and ripe fruits
in their purple hearts.
Hilda Doolittle
Pyrus salicifolia pendula – the silver weeping pear tree flowers
Its not seen in too many  gardens around here while Cherry blossom is in abundance…….thats always puzzled me.
I would be interested to know if  you see many of these trees in your local area?
Pyrus salicifolia pendula – the silver weeping pear tree flower border
Pyrus salicifolia pendula – the silver weeping pear tree flower border


Rosie Nixon
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Rosie is based in Perth, Perthshire as a garden photographer, writer and nature lover. She enjoys soaking up nature in her own garden and is easily distracted from doing the weeding by anything that flutters, flies, buzzes, creeps or crawls! She enjoys sharing the beauty of creation through her photography. Rosie has been featured on TV on BBC2's The Beechgrove Garden and she uses the Scottish outdoors as her natural light studio. Her work can be seen at the only photographic gallery in Scotland - Close Gallery, 4b Howe Street, Edinburgh.

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    Perfect circular shaped canopy and perfected with beautiful white blooms. ~bangchik

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    I can see why it's a "show stopper"…very pretty. Nice that it's out front where a lot of people can enjoy it. I'm not familiar with it, but then I don't know very much about flowering trees.


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    Those are truly beautiful flowers and I can see why you like this lovely tree year round! I don't think I've ever seen one before and flowering fruit trees are quite popular in my area -flowering cherry trees in abundance too!

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    It is a pretty ornamental tree with all the silver leaves. The blossoms are very beautiful too and the Hilda Doolittle poem is perfect for this post.
    I don't remember either seeing it before but I didn't know about its existence.
    Have a great weekend!

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    Oh, I like the idea of training it to become an arbor – I'll have to see if we can get those here!

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    I plugged the name of it into Google, and mostly UK sites came up. So I don't know if it grows here…it said zones 5-9, but that seems to be a different system depending on where you are in the world. 🙂


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    Curbstone Valley Farm

    What a beautiful little pear tree Rosie. I love it's wide weeping form. We have one of our edible pear trees here that have the flowers with the purple centers, instead of yellow, and I just love how they look.

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    Oh, a tree that has more than one season of interest is always a perfect one in the garden. I love the silver tone and the flower of this tree, especially the weeping effect. I can imagine an arbour made out of these tree would be so gorgeous!

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    Beautiful blossoms, I don't see these flowers anywhere around here, those the flowers look like cherry blossoms that we have here..

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    I've never seen or heard of this type of tree. It's very pretty. I agree with you that it's nice to find trees and shrubs that add interest throughout different seasons.

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    How very gorgeous and graceful looking tree! The flowers are just absolutely a delight to see.

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    Rosie, incredibly beautiful tree and blossoms. I love the pendulous branching of trees; sadly we cut down our weeping cherry last year. A mighty maple will not be the same, but beautiful nonetheless. 😉 Happy May!

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    aloha rosie,

    a real beautiful flower, i love this compact tree and the leaves are also amazing silver…nice to see your front yard for a change, the tree does have a show stopping quality up there in the front!

    thanks for sharing today

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    these are very beautiful…i love those kinds of leaves AND the shape of the tree…i would really like a tree like this for my front lawn…it so much prettier the ordinary cherry trees. beautiful photos

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    Wow!! Beautiful little tree! I can see why you are puzzled that no one else seems to know about it!!!

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    Oh, I just love plants with silver foliage. What a beautiful contrast between the flowers as well. I can see you love this tree 🙂

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    It looks a very beautiful tree both in shape and flower.Love the silver leaves too.
    Thanks for the comment on my blog. I have three Daphnes – bhoula 'Jacqueline Postill, tangutica and retusa. All are evergreen and seem impervious to the cold (-12C this year). I would give one a try. I would suggest a slightly larger plant – easier to establish.

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    Oh it is so pretty! I like it. Will it grow in zone three? Ha ha.

    Rosey P

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    Hi Rosie, the tree's size is really lovely for gardens, even if large. It can be placed on a center spot, because of the uniqueness of its leaves and trunks, so beautiful.

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    Autumn Belle

    The flowers are extremely pretty. The tree look like it has been sprinkled with icing sugar or frost or maybe a crystal tree.

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    hi Rosie, one finds quite a few of these trees down here in sunny dorset. we have one a little bit larger than yours with a low yew hedge growing alongside and i've trained the branches on one side so they arch over the yew hedge and one walks under them to enter a woodland part of the garden. some branches in the middle try to grow up to the sky and i prune these back but beware that this tree has thorns that can catch you out. in the autumn i thin the branches out so it doesent get to be too top heavy and blow over in the gales, yours is a lovely tree…

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    Rosie, I have wanted one of these, ever since seeing it in the white garden in Sissinghurst. Yours is just gorgeous.

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    Hi Rosey, I agree, this is a wonderful spectacular tree, ideally suited to small gardens,and it is very popular in Melbourne gardens. Interesting that it thrives in your climate as well as our climate! Cheers, catmint

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