April 2005
Aristocrat Pear
Host to my favorite bud.

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Aristocrat Pear
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Facts at a Glance
Pyrus calleryana -
'Aristocrat'

Planted October 1999
Planting height: 6'
Planting trunk: 2"

2006 Update
Height: 25'
Trunk: 20"

Mature Height: 40'
Spread: 40'
Growth rate: Fast
Form: Broad, oval
Flowers: White
Fall color: Red
Hardiness zone: 5 - 8
Culture: Sun

Best feature:
Less prone to wind
damage than Bradford pear

Worst problem:
Blossoms smell like rotting fish

Do over? No

A Year in the Life of One Bud: The Poem

One Bud Made Into One Relaxing Movie

What a Show!

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A Tree Grower's Diary
Aristocrat Pear

ARISTOCRAT PEAR JOURNAL

Photographs and text by Julie Walton Shaver


There is just as much beauty visible to us in the landscape as we are
prepared to appreciate, not a grain more.

-Henry David Thoreau

A Year in the Life   
Let the movie download, go get a cup of tea,
put on your headphones, slide off your shoes . . . relax.


A Year in the Life of One Bud
The Poem

In my yard are many buds,
just one so famed as you!
I love to watch your palette change
your brilliant spring debut,
your summer rains, your autumn hue,
I dream of every cell,
and even when the winter comes,
I never bid farewell.
It gives me such a deep reward
to know you through and through,
because I see in you the Earth
recycled and renewed.

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Julie Walton Shaver
Earth Day, 2006
I am fascinated by the life coming from this one bud.


A Year in the Life    Want more? If you liked the movie, the individual shots are below, plus many that I had to edit from the movie so it would fit the music. Click on a picture to enlarge it.

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April 9, 2005
April 11
April 12
April 13
April 14

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April 15
April 16
April 17
April 18 - 9 a.m.
April 18 - 3 p.m.

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April 19
April 19
Actual width = 1.125"
April 20 - serious breeze
April 21

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April 22 - petals falling
April 23
April 24
April 25
April 26

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April 27
Twig length = 2.5"
April 29
From the other side
April 30

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May 1
Midblossom = pear nut
May 2
Somebody ate a leaf
May 4

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May 5
Pear nut has been nibbled
May 6 - Aha! It's YOU!
Aug. 22 - Summer's end
Nov. 10 - fall begins

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Nov. 14
Nov. 29 - early freeze
Usually red, not yellow
Dec. 4 - winter's here
Feb. 16, 2006 - hello bud

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March 30
Blooming 2 weeks earlier
April 1
April 2
April 3

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April 7
April 8 - 3:30 a.m.
12:30 p.m. - Ahh, rain.
April 9
April 12

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April 19
Red maple backdrop
Can you find our bud?
   


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Leaf margins are wavy, giving this tree
serious reason to flutter in a breeze,
a sound treat in spring, summer and fall.

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January 2005: This tree is thick
even in winter.
   

   

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May 2004: Mature pear nut.
 

   

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April 2004: The Aristocrat pear blossoms in the shelter of a neighbor's 100-foot red maple, an American flag in the sky.
 

   

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April 2006: Just thought I'd try that shot again, with a different exposure, in setting sunlight, and a different depth of field. Experimenting teaches me about my camera, and shows me the world in ways I never before could see.
 


For Julie's detailed comments, see the Aristocrat Pear fact pages
See the Aristocrat Pear growth chart
Read the latest Tree Grower's Diary blog entry


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