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AN ARCHITECTURAL ANALYSIS OF PEAR CULTIVARS GROWN UNDER SOUTH AFRICAN CONDITIONS AND THE RELEVANCE TO LOCAL MAINTENANCE PRUNING STRATEGIES
To quantify the growth habit of locally important pear varieties, initially, 2-year-old pear branches were classified into groups based on the length and position of lateral shoots. Four groups were formed that ranged from cultivars with a spurred growth habit and strong apical control, to cultivars with a spreading growth habit and weak apical control. Secondly, the development of fruiting branches was observed for up to five years by observing the five developmental alternatives of thedoi:10.17660/actahortic.2005.671.62 fatcat:vo23yflyj5bhnkmeytsyej4w7u