If you've ever debated between planting trees that are ornamental or those that are productive, you can put that quandary to rest. I've never seen such sensual, sumptuous fruit as that growing in the garden of Linda Morris and Dan Babbit, right down the alley from our garden in Langley. Really, these pears and plums are so shapely they should be painted by Renoir, so colorful you need a Van Gogh or Cezanne to do them justice. These trees are such beauties, with perfectly healthy leaves and fruit.
This is a semi-dwarf, 'Rescue' pear, with red-orange blushed fruit that matures in September and keeps until December. Both the pear and the plum tree are available from Raintree Nursery in Morton.
As you can see in the photo below, the 'Hollywood' plum tree is so laden that Dan's supported the branches with bamboo canes. It's a Japanese plum with purple leaves that show off the pinkish red fruit, grows about 12 feet high, is disease resistant, and self-fertile.