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Pyrus calleryana

Common Name(s):
Bradford Pear, Callery Pear
Cultivar(s):
'Bradford' - most fire blight resistant, 'Aristocrat' - stronger crotches but is fire blight susceptible, 'Whitehouse' - more narrow form, 'Capital' - more narrow form, 'Redspire' - more narrow form, 'Autumn Blaze' - more narrow form
Category:
Trees
Comment:

Upright, weak crotches that break with age; easy to transplant; tolerates drought, air pollution, heat; may have thorns.  

Wildlife Value: This tree is mildly resistant to damage by deer.

Insects, Diseases and Other Plant Problems: It has some resitance to fireblight.  Limb breakage is common due to poor croch angles and it is often a very short-lived tree.  This is a weedy to invasive species, that spreads fireblight. consider a different tree.

 

Height:
20-40 ft.
Flower:
White, flowers in March; unpleasant odor; 0.5 in. rounded brown fruit
Zones:
5-9
Habit:
Deciduous
Site:
Sun; range of soil types including compacted soil
Texture:
Medium
Form:
Upright, conical shape
Width:
20-30 ft.
Growth Rate:
Rapid
Leaf:
1.5 to 3 in. alternate, simple glossy dark green leaves; yellow, scarlet, purple fall color
Tags:
heat tolerant, air pollution, showy flowers, deciduous, weedy, fall color, drought tolerant, invasive, deer resistant

NCCES plant id: 2151

Pyrus calleryana Whole tree
Country Boy 1949, CC-BY-SA-2.0
Pyrus calleryana Flowers
Gary Craig, CC BY-NC-ND - 2.0
Pyrus calleryana Fall color
Camilla TWU, CC BY-NC-ND - 2.0
Pyrus calleryana Fall color
Martin LaBar, CC BY-NC-2.0
Pyrus calleryana Fruit
Martin LaBar, CC BY-NC-2.0
Pyrus calleryana Damaged by ice
Janice Waltzer, CC BY - 2.0