Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Flowering Pears: Two Spectacular Shows Annually

Looking for that special flowering ornamental to spotlight or be the centerpiece of your landscape? Flowering Pears can add Color and Pizzazz to your landscape. Flowering Pears produce two spectacular shows annually. In spring, they are literally covered with a profusion of white flower blossoms. In fall, they produce brilliant red-maroon leaf color. In between shows, they have beautiful glossy green leaves. Flowering Pears are not messy trees as they do not produce large edible fruits. They sometimes produce small remnant fruits about the size of marbles. And the show just keeps getting better! Each Year as the canopy size increases, so does the show.  Flowering Pears are not well-suited for xeriscape or rockscape gardens as they require regular water for optimal growth and seasonal color displays.


There are several flowering pear varieties available including:

Bradford Pear (Pyrus calleryiana, ‘Bradford’)
            Is a non-fruiting ornamental pear grown for its profuse white spring flowers and red maroon fall color. It has a wide-dense upward growing canopy making it a good choice for smaller areas. It grows 8”-15” annually reaching up to 25'-30' tall and 15’-20’ wide. Bradford Pear does best with regular water. It’s hardy to USDA Zone 4.

Cleveland Select Pear (Pyrus calleryiana, ‘Cleveland Select’)
            Is a non-fruiting ornamental pear grown for its profuse white spring flowers and red maroon fall color. It has a pyramidal shaped canopy and considered to have sturdier limbs and wood than Bradford Pear. It grows 1’-2’ annually, reaching up to 25'- 30' tall and wide. Cleveland Select Pear does best with regular water. This tree is hardy to USDA Zone 5.

Aristocrat Pear (Pyrus calleryiana, ‘Aristocrat)
            Is a non-fruiting ornamental pear grown for its profuse white spring flowers and red maroon fall color. It has an upright pyramidal form with a dominant central trunk making it ideal for lining streets, drives, walkways, or for use in small spaces. It grows 1’-2’ annually, reaching up to 25'-30' tall and 15’-20’wide. Aristocrat Pear does best with regular water. This tree is hardy to USDA Zone 4.

Contact the nursery for more information about Flowering Pears and other ornamentals at: treesthatplease@comcast.net.

Written by:
Stephen Sain
Staff Plant Physiologist

2 comments:

  1. my tree doesnt grow up and they smell.... and are those berries edible

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  2. If you give us more information about your tree for example type of soil it's growing in, how it is watered, etc. perhaps we can help you to get some growth out of this tree. In general, they can grow 1'-2' per year. The berries are actually remnant pears and are not edible.

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