any pear trees with thorns?
I'm in a delema here. I planted an off shoot of a very old pear in my small orchard about 5 years ago. The tree it came from is at least 75 years old and 35' across. This tree has leaves that look exactly like my moonglow and ayers pear trees, but it has a different growth habit, not upright, and very small "thorns", I guess you'd call them, at the ends of the branches. I believe the older tree was an asian pear tree of some type because the pears were big and round like a small grapefruit. It hasn't produced in years though.
My existing pear trees are 30' apart and I have a southern bartlett that I need to plant around them. I can do one of the following things due to limited sunlight.
1. split the difference between the trees and make them 15' apart.
2. cut down the unknown tree and plant the bartlett in it's place.
3. Dig up the unkown tree and replace it with the bartlett, and use the unkown to split the difference so if I have to cut a tree down one day, it would be this one.
Even though I don't know if it is even a pear or if it will produce because it wasn't grafted, I hate to cut it down. It has been there about 5 years. I could also pland the bartlett about 200 yards from the other pear trees but it would be next to plum trees, but in full sun.
This should be this much of a delema, but it is. The old pear tree is on family land that I have no more access to, and this tree is a kinda link to the past. Do some pear trees have thorns and what would you do?