Scientific Name: Pyrus calleryana
Foliage: Deciduous broadleaf
Height: 30 to 40 feet
Spread: 20 to 35 feet
White flowers cover the tree in the spring; summer foliage is glossy green and turns dark red in fall.
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
Suggested uses for this plant include street tree, shade, border, and specimen plant.
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.
Prune in late winter or early spring, as needed.
Has few pests. Somewhat resistant to fire blight. Narrow crotch (branch) angles make trees susceptible to storm damage.
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.
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.