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Plant Guide

Pyrus calleryana

Common Name
Bradford Pear Tree
CA Native
Non-native
Plant Type
Tree
Size
15' - 40' X 20' - 50'
Flower Color
White
Bloom Time
  • Spring
Leaves
Glossy Dark Green, Red in Autumn
Evergreen
Deciduous
Deer Resistant
Seldom Damaged
Wildlife Value
  • Bird Habitat
Growth Rate
Moderate
Hardiness
Hardy
Adverse Growth Factors
None
Special Features
  • Low Maintenance
  • Showy Flowers
  • Unusual Shape
Water Use
  • Moderate
Soil pH
6.5-7.5 (neutral)
Exposure
  • Full Sun
Soil Type
Not Particular
Drainage
Good Drainage
Description and Cultural Plant Tips

A deciduous conical tree growing broader with age in a lollipop shape. It has a high tolerance for city conditions and is used in shopping centers and streets. The tree has no central leader and needs to be trimmed properly to maintain its size.  A native of Korea and China introduced to western horticulture in 1919.

 

Master Gardener Comments

Resistant to fire blight.

Varietals

‘Cleveland Select’, ‘Chanticleer’, ‘Stone Hill’ resistant to fire blight.

‘Aristocrat” susceptible to fire blight.

 

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