Pyrus calleryana
PYE-rus kah-ler-ee-AH-nuh

Ornamental Pear, Callery Pear
Rosaceae (Rose family)
Origin: China 1908

 

 

 

 

 

 

©Street Tree Division
City of Los Angeles - Department of Public Works
Bureau of Street Services

Species characteristics:
Form - Deciduous or Semievergreen. Highly variable as to height, width, thorns, fruit color, summer and fall foliage and resistance to fireblight depending on individual cultivar.

Trunk - Dark brown or gray, smooth when young to rough at maturity.

Foliage - Variable, very glossy, leathery dark green, 1 - 3" long, broadly oval, scalloped leaves.

Flowers/fruit - Clustered, white, 3/4 - 1" wide, early blooming flowers, may be destroyed by late freeze. Fruit is small, round, russet colored, attracting many birds.

Cultivars - 'Aristocrat' is thornless, broadly based, and pyramidal, with up curving branches, medium growth rate to 30' with a 40' spread. Leaves pointed at the tip, margins are entire and waveless. Brilliant yellow to maroon fall color. Fireblight resistant. Tolerant of heat, alkaline and heavy soils. 'Bradford' has strongly vertical multi-leader branches and included bark. Grows rapidly to 50' with a 30' spread, and oval silhouette. Leaves are rounded at tip, margins wavy with slight serrations at apex. Yellow to orange, red, and/or maroon in fall. Dense branching habit creates poor branch structure with age. With slightly different characteristics are 'Autumn Blaze', 'Capital', 'Chanticleer', 'Dancer' has serrate leaves, 'Redspire', 'Trinity' and 'Whitehouse'.

Significant pest problems are purple leaf spot and fireblight.

Site suitability:

Sunset zones - 2 - 9 and 14 - 21.

Clearances - Suitable for 4' parkways and cutouts.

Good for street sides, medians, parks and lawns.

Culture considerations:
No more than moderate summer watering when established.

Comments, notes:
*NOTE: Only cultivars are recommended.