Callery Pear

Callery Pear shape

Pyrus calleryana

  • Height: 25’ - 35’
  • Spread: 13’ - 16’
  • Site characteristics: Full sun; well-drained, moist soils; tolerates drought, clay soils and air pollution
  • Zone: 5 - 9
  • Wet/dry: Tolerates some drought once established
  • Native range: China
  • pH: 5.0 - 7.5
  • Shape: Oval
  • Foliage: Glossy green in summer; purple-red in fall
  • Other: Has showy white, fragrant flowers
  • Cultivars: ‘Aristocrat’ - wider shaped, yellow to red fall color; ‘Red spire’ - pyramidal habit, yellow fall color; ‘Chanticleer’ - oval to narrow oval. ‘New Bradford’ - improved branching structure.
  • Pests: Some cultivars prone to branch breakage and fire blight
  • Responsible use: In some locations, particularly in states south of Michigan, this species may have become invasive. To date, it has not been determined to be invasive in Michigan.

Callery pear blossoms Pyrus calleryana
Photos: Matthew Field, Wikimedia Commons (left), and Bert Cregg, MSU (right).

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