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Espaliered Pears and Apples #817086

Asked November 30, 2022, 2:18 PM EST

We’ve just moved to a 5 1/2 acre hobby farm in Rockford, Mn and plan to put in some Pears and Apples in the Spring. I have a large Pole Barn with a side Wall that faces due South on a South facing slope. It should be ideal to back a trellis for espaliered Pears or Apples. My question is … “Will this type of environment give me the benefits of a Zone 5 Tree type or is the Winter hardiness more related to absolute overnight low temp as against daylight warmth?” I’d like to put in either a Bartlett or a Bosc, but dont want to invest time and attention on a espaliered tree that gets killed by the first true Minnesota winter. Thanks, Bill Heussler

Hennepin County Minnesota

Expert Response

We do not recommend Bartlett or Bosc pears for Minnesota gardens.  They are not hardy in Minnesota. 

Our recommendations for hardy pears in Minnesota are listed at the following website:
https://extension.umn.edu/fruit/growing-pears

Additional information about espalier fruits can be found at these websites:
1. https://hort.extension.wisc.edu/articles/espalier/
2. https://www.starkbros.com/growing-guide/article/espalier-fruit-trees
Marykay Haas Replied December 01, 2022, 7:33 PM EST

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