Most of us know callery pear can be problematic is certain areas for the same reasons I like them. They grow where other trees will not, they can survive both drought and heavy rains. Digging up the wild rootstocks is a bit of a pain but if your like me and have an area you have problems growing pears and they are not invasive in your state you might try them. These a friend and I dug up the other day are going into wet heavy clay that a domestic pear will not grow in. Fortunately I had my friend with me because I think he dug 2 pears to my every 1 so we wound up with 150+ rootstocks. I will graft them over later as time permits in the spring or next year depending on how many scions I have. You can see it was a full day digging them so I brought them home and healed them into my good dirt pile. The nice thing is they don’t get fireblight, rabbits don’t bother them and that list goes on which as I mentioned is why they are invasive in favorable climates. In the picture below you can see what I do with all my trees the second I get them I put them in a pile of dirt asap and bury the roots and get water on them.
Then I need to sort and grade them and get them in the correct sized bucket to get them good and wet prior to planting them
Did I mention the price is free and everyone wants to get rid of them? If you are looking for perfect pears where you know the height, vigor, that are easy to plant etc. perhaps look these over. If you want something that will survive the worse ground your place has to offer you have found the perfect trees! There is nothing worse that a non productive spot on your property. I also like them for those spots I check seldom because as mentioned the rodents won’t like the flavor of this rootstock. Notice I left the bottom 4-6 inches of wild calleryana to graft to in case they eat my scion I will graft it back over.