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We carry a wide variety of ornamental pear trees, perfect for use as street trees, screens, shade and more. Each one offers unique benefits and a few challenges. Keep reading to learn more about the value and beauty a landscape can gain from the addition of a few ornamental pear trees.

 

Pyrus calleryana ‘Redspire: Redspire Ornamental Pear

 

Height: 35 feet

Width: 25 feet

Light: full sun

Water: moderate

Soil: tolerant of poor soil

 

Redspire is an upright, dense deciduous tree, with a fine, pyramidal form that stands out against most landscapes. Every spring, it is covered in showy white blossoms before the reddish foliage emerges, which then turns bright green. Yellow-red fruit signal the autumn, as leaves turn a bold mix of reds, yellows and bronze.

For all its beauty, Redspire does require some maintenance. Pruning is recommended in late winter, to maintain its health and pyramidal shape. The leaves and pears can cause a mess below the tree each fall but regular upkeep should keep the problem to a minimum.

Try adding Redspire to add vertical texture to a landscape or perhaps a colorful accent among evergreens or a lovely summer shade tree.

 

Pyrus calleryana ‘Capitol’: Capitol Flowering Pear

Height: 25-35 feet

Width: 8-12 feet wide

Light: full sun

Water: moderate, drought-tolerant

Soil: grows in a wide range, tolerant

 

 

The Capitol flowering pear also grows with a stately, upright, pyramidal form but it tends to become more oval at it spreads with age. Its spring blossoms are particularly bountiful and the glossy green foliage is a highlight all summer. Capitol’s leaves have particularly long petioles, causing them to flutter beautifully in the summer breeze. Fall color is similar to Redspire and offers plenty of interest for the autumn months.

Capitol’s shape makes it a good choice for both street and shade as well as for narrow sites in a landscape.

 

Pyrus calleryana ‘Chanticleer’: Chanticleer Ornamental Pear

Height: 40 feet

Width: 25 feet

Light: Full sun

Water: moderate

Soil: tolerant of poor soil

 

 

This accent tree also produces stunning white flowers each spring, a cascade of glossy green leaves each summer and bright color and small fruits each fall. Its dark leaves are more heart-shaped than other pear trees and they take on a darker, purple hue in the fall.

This pear requires regular maintenance and pruning and should be watched over during cold snaps. It is a lovely, stately tree for shade, accent, or to add texture and color.

(Please note: the ‘Cleveland Select’ Ornamental Pear is a non-patented Chanticleer. We carry both.)

 

Pyrus calleryana ‘Arisocrat’: Aristocrat Flowering Pear

Height:25-35 feet

Width: 20-25 feet

Light: full sun

Water: consistent moisture

Soil: prefers well-drained soil

 

This stately pear offers the classic pyramidal shape, with excellent foliage, fall color and spring blooms. It has more horizontal branching than its pear counterparts and also boasts the long petioles that make the leaves appear to dance in the breeze. Its traditional shape tends to become rounded with age, appearing oval after a few years. However, attentive pruning can modify this, if desired. The Aristocrat is slightly sensitive to cold temperatures and is prone to limb breakage during high wind or heavy ice.

 

Pyrus calleryana ‘Jackzam’: Jackzam Dwarf Flowering Pear

Height: 12-15 feet

Width: 8-10 feet

Light: full sun

Water: occasional

Soil: prefers well-drained soil

 

The Jackzam grows similarly to other street pears with one notable exception: its height. Jackzam reaches 10 feet tall, at best, making it the perfect little tree for small yards, for spots with low electrical wires or for that perfect little corner in any landscape.

 

It has a particularly dense, upright habit, growing into a rounded shape with dark, glossy leaves and a spring explosion of white blossoms. Jackzam is fireblight-resistant, where many ornamental pears are susceptible.