The stunted pear tree 1986-2018

Le poirier chétif .


The stunted pear tree 


English version below the pictures


Je plantais en 1986 un poirier . Grande fut ma déception ! . Il ne s ‘ accroissait que faiblement d ‘ année en année sans donner de fruits . Devais – je l ‘ arracher ? Je décidais de lui donner sa chance . Malheureusement les branches se mirent à se dessécher et à disparaître progressivement . Il n ‘ en resta bientôt plus qu ‘une seule . . Devais je supprimer ce poirier ridicule ? Je décidais d ‘ attendre encore ! Les années suivantes des pousses se développèrent et fleurirent mais les poires tombèrent . Décidément ce misérable poirier devenait de plus en plus décevant. Toutefois je persistais . La seule branche qui était restée était devenu une sorte de tronc . Peut – être fructifierait – il l ‘ an prochain ? Mais pourquoi donc faire confiance à un poirier de si triste mine ? Les années passèrent apparemment pour rien , mais je conservais espoir . Et… en cette année 2006 , merveille des merveilles , nous récoltâmes 6 magnifiques poires .

20 ans de déception mais aussi 20 ans de confiance et de ténacité avaient conduit à une renaissance . La patience du jardinier était récompensée . La sagesse peut parfois être trouvée dans le jardin !

2006 poirier chétif image
Notre poirier chétif , vieux de plus de 20 ans et mesurant 1, 60 m nous a donné 6 belles poires cette année
Our  stunted pear tree ( 20 years old and 1 ,60 meter high ) gave us 6 superb pears this year .
Photo . M. Fauquet September 06


I planted in 1986 a pear tree . How deep my deception has been ! The young tree was growing very slowly year by year without any fruit . Did I have to dig out it ? I decided to give it a chance . Unfortunatly the branchs started to dry and to disappear progresssively . Only one remained . Did I have to suppress this ridiculous pear tree ?  I decided to wait yet ! The following years sprouts then young branchs grew and bloomed but the pears fell on the ground ! Really this miserable pear tree became more and more deceiving ! However I persisted . The only one remained branch was become a kind of trunck . Perhaps next year the ” tree ” would give some fruits ? But why to put my confidence in a tree looking so poor ? The years  passed , apparently for nothing but I kept hope .And ….in this year 2006 , oh ! what a wonder , we picked up 6 superb pears .

   20 years of deception but also 20 years of confidence and tenacity to get this renascence . The patience of the gardener was rewarded . Sometimes , wisdom may be found in the garden !


Et quand est –il en 2018 ? 32 ans après? Le poirier chérif est toujours là . Je l’ai photographié hier Lundi 11 Septembre 2018 . Il a grandi un peu mais il est complètement penché à la recherche de la lumière fuyant l’ombre d’un grand cerisier juste derrière lui
. j’avais mis une planche pour le soutenir mais elle n’a pas tenu ? Il paraît de plus en plus faible vivant ses dernières années mais surprise il donne toujours quelques bonnes poires . C’ est connu qu’une plante qui dépérit donne de plus en plus de fruits et de graines pour assurer la survie de l’ espèce . C’ est sur ce constat qu’ est basée la taille des arbres fruitiers . Moins de végétation plus de reproduction
Et peut-être pouvons-nous dire que des vieilles branches peuvent encore donner de bons fruits ! 🙂


The same pear tree in 2018 Le même  poirier en 2018

And what about it in 2018, 32 years later? The stunted pear tree is still there. I photographed it yesterday Monday, September 11, 2018. He grew up a bit but he is completely leaning in search of the light to avoid the shade of a big cherry tree just behind him

. I did a board to support it but it did not hold? He seems more and more weak, living his last years but surprise he always gives some good pears. It is known that a plant has its origin in the world and gives it more fruits and seeds. It is on this observation that the size of the fruit trees is based. Less vegetation more reproduction

And maybe we can say that old branches can still give good fruits !  🙂

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64 Responses to The stunted pear tree 1986-2018

  1. The tree has had a good life although a difficult one. 🙂

  2. blb1 says:

    Perhaps the tree is to remind us of ourselves. 🙂

  3. mrswrangler says:

    We are kind of like that tree. Many have given up hope on a person yet they can still surprise you. Looks don’t count it’s really what’s inside

  4. puffpop says:

    Your patience was rewarded. My mouth waters thinking of those pears. We had a pear tree at our home in Cleveland. Florida is not friendly to pear, apple , peach or plum trees but does have good citrus , figs and date…but I miss a good sweet homegrown pear. Jesus cursed the fig tree. I’m sure your tree though was a blessing.

  5. murisopsis says:

    Persistence – yours and the pear tree – have paid off! I’m sure the fruit is all the sweeter since the efforts go into just 6 fruits!

  6. judyrutrider says:

    Oh, I feel your pain! I have a stunted apple tree that gets smaller each year, yet it blossoms several times a year and never sheds it’s leaves. Sometimes, I strip off all the leaves just to give it a rest. It responds with a huge crop of miniature, nearly inedible apples. I make applesauce of them though the cutting and peeling is hardly worth the effort. Ah, the life of a gardener is challenging!

    • Stripping all of the leaves perhaps is tioo much, Judy, because in the leaves there is the photosynthésis giving glucides and the sugar of the fruits . Better is to cut a pat of the branches .


  7. Stripping all of the leaves perhaps is tioo much, Judy, because in the leaves there is the photosynthésis giving glucides and the sugar of the fruits . Better is to cut a pat of the branches .

  8. Yes! Old branches can still produce good fruit! In trees and in human beings. 🙂
    That tree is a great analogy to life in several ways! It encourages us to not just survive, but to thrive! 🙂 and it is a reminder that we all grow and produce at different rates and in time frames. 🙂 And hopefully others will be patient with us! 🙂
    Thank you for being a patient gardener, Michel! and for loving and tending that pear tree! 🙂
    Aren’t pears so delicious?!?! 🙂
    HUGS!!! 🙂

  9. neilc693 says:

    That’s a true gardener—never waste a plant no matter how ridiculous or sorry it is! I only ever had houseplants, but I could never bear to throw out one that was still alive and hanging on, even if I didn’t particularly care for the variety. But I think I like this sad little tree very much.

  10. Marion Manson says:

    It just goes to prove we should have faith, even though all seems to be lost in the beginning. There’s a lesson in life to be learnt from your blog, Michel! 😊

  11. suester7 says:

    I think there’s a parallel lesson we can learn in life, and that is to never give up hope and persevere. Even the most unlikeliest can bear fruit!

  12. Gayle Smith says:

    I think God allowed that poor tree to survive to give us all hope Michel!!

  13. weggieboy says:

    The richest, most complex wine is produced from vines with the most age! We oldies are very philosophical today. Great post, Michel, and one that reminds us to appreciate the wonders of life. Best wishes, too, to you and Janine!

  14. Susan Joos says:

    We tried several different fruit trees in our yard many years ago, about the time you planted your pear, but all of them were problems, few of them survived, and only one of them came close to your tenacious pear tree. We had a peach tree that survived, and it never bore full sized peaches but the squirrels loved them. They would pull them off the tree before they were close to being ripe, take a few bites, and discard them. It was a cute little tree, though.

  15. joyce says:

    important life lessons in that tree, as well as your patience and giving second chances. thank you for sharing your life with us. hugs to you and janine!

  16. mimiwi2013 says:

    You certainly have a lot of determination and patience, Michel. Ken and I would have given up on it a long time ago, and found something that would grow the way WE wanted it to!! Good for you! As others have said—a good life lesson, too. Hugs! ❤ to you and Janine!

  17. Rachel says:

    You are fortunate to have the fruit trees.
    I had hoped by now I would have some, but they refuse to grow.
    Enjoy your week, my friend!

  18. littlemissbliss says:

    mmm! i had a pear the other day, each year i forget how nice they taste when they are fresh [like with many fruits!]
    how nice that after 32 years, it still bears some sweetness 🙂

  19. We all need to be more like the little pear tree and never give up. Now it rewards you inspite of its advancing age. It keeps trying to reward you with it fruit. ❤

  20. Zakiah says:

    such a wonderful take on the wonders of nature, Michel. It is like the pear tree keeps saying, wait, don’t lose faith yet, I am still alive and kicking.!! And those pears, how luscious they look.

  21. The tree is a fighter..and yes old trees still give good fruit. Love that. 😉

  22. You are right Elizabeth, the old pear tree is a fighter and does not surrender.

  23. nannyfountain says:

    Survival is honored and the tree is a hero ❤

  24. Lavinia Ross says:

    That is an interesting tree, Michel! I am glad you were patient with it. I wonder if it was on grafted onto dwarfing rootstock, and not quite compatible? The old tree is indeed a fighter!

  25. cocosangel says:

    Thank you Michel for inquiring after me on my post? I really appreciate it.
    A tree and a memory. ❤

  26. mlbncsga says:

    Mornin Glorie! Your pear tree and You have tenacity…something we all need to strive for! ilym

  27. Larry Banner says:

    Yay for that beautiful pear tree! patience is truly a virtue!! 🙂

  28. (((HUGS))) and prayers and ❤ for you and Janine 🙂

  29. Missed this when it first came around. It is beautiful and has a lovely and wise message. We must be careful not place the weak at the mercy of the strong. Still,it’s a beautiful and tenacious little tree. Much love to you and yours Michel. ❤

  30. Anne-Marie says:

    D’accord avec La Fontaine 🙂
    et bravos pour votre patience et miraculeuse récolte !
    Les 6 meilleures poires jamais mangées, j’en suis sûre 🙂
    Amitiés, AM

  31. Cath aka Singapore Girl says:

    This is such an interesting story! Perhaps one day, I’ll share with my students.

  32. What a great, true story! I love giving plants a chance. I have never cared for a fruit tree. It seems to require great patience! I bet those pears are a treasure. I hope it continues to bear a harvest for 32 more years!


  33. Nancy Clark Hislop says:

    You have a great appreciation for the life of this tree! All stages of its life have been good.

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