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Bradford Pear Blossom Bradford Pear Chanticleer Pear Leaves

Blossoms of Bradford Pear
G. Lumis

Bradford Pear Tree
G. Lumis

Leaves of Chanticleer Pear
G. Lumis

Scientific Name: Pyrus calleryana

Summary
Foliage: Deciduous broadleaf
Height: 30 to 40 feet 
Spread: 20 to 35 feet 
Shape: Upright 

White flowers cover the tree in the spring; summer foliage is glossy green and turns dark red in fall.

Plant Needs
Zone: 4 to 8
Light: Partial shade to full sun 
Moisture: Moist or dry 
Soil Type: Sandy, loam, or clay
pH Range: 3.7 to 7.0

Functions
Suggested uses for this plant include street tree, shade, border, and specimen plant.

Planting Notes
Plant trees that have balled and burlapped roots in late winter or early spring. Smaller sizes are best for planting.  Tolerant of all but wet or very poor soils. Prefers a sunny location.

Care
Prune in late winter or early spring, as needed. 

Click here to learn how to improve the soil.

Problems
Has few pests. Somewhat resistant to fire blight. Narrow crotch (branch) angles make trees susceptible to storm damage.

Alternatives
Consult local sources, including historic or public gardens and arboreta, regarding cultivars and related species that grow well in your area.

Cultivars of PYRUS CALLERYANA
`Bradford' is a popular cultivar but it has weak, narrow crotch angles. 

`Aristocrat' branches are more horizontal.

`Redspire' is a cultivar that has a pyramidal form. 

`Capital' is an upright, pyramidal cultivar.

Comments
Its spring flowers, glossy summer foliage, and deep fall color make this a desirable plant.  It is an excellent lawn, specimen plant, or street tree.  Pyramidal when young, it becomes upright or rounded with age.