suggestions?

Dallas, TX(Zone 8a)

my bradford pear tree has recently split, and someone suggested planting a climbing rose to cover up the missing half.

any suggestions as to the best varieties of disease-resistant, heat-tolerant roses? i've never grown roses before, so this would be quite the experiment. is there any type i could plant now?

Olive Branch, MS(Zone 7b)

Go to Chamblee's roses http://www.chambleeroses.com/ and pick you out one of their recommended roses. Something like Climbing Pinkie or Old Blush. I wouldn't recommend anything too robust, because Bradford Pears are notoriously weak, and it probably won't be able to support any weight. Any further ice or storm damage will probably cause it to split again, so actually, personally, I'd go ahead and get rid of the tree and just put a climbing rose on a pillar in it's place.

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