||08-25-2013 06:39 PM
Irony I suppose. In restoring a little antique railway worker house once, there was a pear tree near its garage. The thing had really done a number on the slab foundation of garage to the point the whole thing had to come down too. The pears were as stringy and coarse as those described in the article but this one had not been pruned much so was lanky with dangerous limbs. It had to come down.
Pears seem to be more sturdy than most fruit trees. I planted a dwarf special species to replace something else at the California house. The tiny thing exploded with blossoms and fruit before it had any capacity to really hold much. The pears melted in your mouth and were sort of a deep maroon inside. Ymmm.
Non-fruiting ornamental pears were lovely additions to landscape design out that way too. Plant them too close to the house though and kiss your foundation goodbye.
Anyhow when I hear special stories of 383 year old trees that survived against most all odds I wonder what life would be like if tree rings could talk.