A picture of a Callery pear

Callery pear

Pyrus calleryana

Also known as

Bradford callery pear, Pear

Pyrus calleryana callery pear blossom by http://www.photography.mattfield.com (CC BY 2.5)

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

H6

RHS hardiness

-20°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

15m

Max

8m

12m

Min

4m

25 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Pyrus calleryana leaf

Callery pear Overview

Pyrus calleryana is a deciduous pear tree species in the Rosaceae family. Originating from Eastern Asia, this plant is native to China and Vietnam and it forms a conical to rounded crown. Typically growing to over 5m in height, this species produces glossy, green, oval-shaped leaves between 4-8cm in length, with pale undersides. Flowers are 5-petalled and white, measuring around 2-2.5cm across, appearing in spring, before the leaves fully unfurl. Flowers lead onto small, inedible fruits measuring less than a centimetre across. They are hard and woody in texture and tend to soften following frost, they are then quite appealing to bird wildlife. the foliage exhibits attractive autumn colouration, with the leaves turning a brilliant range of colours including yellow, orange, red, pink, purple and bronze late in autumn. Early, hard frost can disrupt the autumn colouration.

Common problems with Callery pear

How to propagate Callery pear

Grafting

Seed

Budding

Propagate by seed in autumn, cultivators by budding in summer.

Special features of Callery pear

Attractive flowers

Attracts birds

Attractive fruits

Autumn colour

Other uses of Callery pear

Ornamental, shade, fruit, foliage Suitable for coastal conditions.