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Pear Tree with Thorns

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Hi! About 8-10 years ago I received an order of 11 fruit trees. Only 2 survived, and neither ever fruited. I believe the one is question is a pear, but I have no idea what kind. It has developed large thorns on it. It has never flowered or borne fruit. It never grew much on past years, but we recently cut down several trees and now it gets more sun and has grown some. It's still pretty small tho and not very full. I pruned it back this winter. I also bought an Asian pear to see if that would help cultivate it. I have given it compost and surrounded it with wood chip mulch. Are there certain types of pear trees that get thorns? Anything else I should do?
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2nd April 2014 12:59pm
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gimme says...
I haven't ever seen pears with thorns, a photo would be helpful. Pears usually grow fast so maybee it's something else
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4th April 2014 12:05am
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jakfruit etiquette says...
I wonder if they are spurs, ie very short twigs/branches off the limbs and trunk.
Pear seedling rootstock matbe ??
Yes photo would help.
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4th April 2014 12:11am
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Doug says...
Here is my tree. The thorns are quite long (over an inch). This is the sum total of this year's crop. Last year there were no fruit. It is possible it is the Bradford cultivar of the Callery pear.
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NUNAWADING,4512,QLD
28th March 2017 11:09am
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Manfred says...
I think they are fruiting spurs. Leave them there and they will be where the tree bears its fruit. Fruiting spurs go on fruiting for the life of the tree, so whatever you do, don't gut them off.
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28th March 2017 6:47pm
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SueBee says...
Yes fruiting spurs on some pear trees begin life as large thorns but soften as they mature. Could also be an ornamental pear such as Manchurian Pear.Lovely Autumn colour but no pear fruit.
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29th March 2017 9:29am
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