The color effects produced by masses of apple-blossoms are among the finest of any flowering tree, especially in the case of the double and semi-double-flowering varieties. Fruit trees which have beautiful flowers should be planted in group form for their landscape effects much more commonly than they are. The Belle-fleur Apple, planted, say six in a group, with a background of dark foliage, gives, when in flower, one of the most pleasing effects possible, and besides, if given good cultivation, furnishes just as fine fruit as if planted in orchard form.
Pyrus floribunda, Pyrus Japonica, Pyrus Malus, and its varieties, Pyrus Americana, and Pyrus aucuparia (the Mountain Ash) are all valuable in landscape work.
Propagate by seeds sown one-quarter of an inch deep in Spring; transplant, the following Spring, into nursery rows one foot apart in the row, the rows being two feet apart from each other.