PlantsPears→Callery Pear (Pyrus calleryana)

Botanical names:
Pyrus calleryana Accepted
Pyrus kawakamii Synonym

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Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Plant Height: 30 to 50 feet
Plant Spread: 20 to 30 feet
Fruit: Edible to birds
Flowers: Showy
Blooms on new wood
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Pollinators: Various insects
Miscellaneous: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth

Callery pear tree foliage and fruit in fall

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Posted by dave (Jacksonville, Texas - Zone 8b) on Jul 21, 2014 7:18 AM

Introduced into the US in the early 1900s to help with efforts to develop fire blight resistance in the common pear. Callery Pear is invasive in many areas and shouldn't be planted.

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Apr 24, 2018 7:28 PM

If Callery Pear did not become so invasive into the wild in eastern North America, I would promote it for parking lot islands and similar tough urban situations. Outside of nice white flowers, it is not a beautiful tree to use in regular landscapes. It is brittle wooded and easily breaks in storms. When it goes wild into nature, it develops horrible sharp branchlets that really hurt and it is really getting aggressive in fields. The first great cultivar of 'Bradford' was a very broad, rounded form that I saw a good number of times break up from storms (I remember seeing one specimen in northeast Illinois breaking right in half), and it was discontinued by the nursery industry by 2000. A number of other cultivars were also discontinued for the same reason. A few more upright, tighter-growing cultivars, such as 'Cleveland Select' and 'Chanticleer,' are still being sold a lot because their breakage is not as severe. This species from China is not very useful for American native beneficial insects, and the fruit is not really good for native birds. I call this "the Chinese Rat Tree."

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Posted by sallyg (central Maryland) on Nov 25, 2018 8:53 AM

Wild descendants of landscape specimens are now completely filling some highway right of ways here in central Maryland. It readily takes hold when areas are left unmowed.

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