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Callery Pears - 'Pyrus calleryana'

The Callery Pear is a deciduous flowering pear that is sold in several varieties. Originally native to Korea and China, the Callery Pear was first introduced and bred into distinctive cultivars in the United States for the purposes of creating a fireblight resistant fruiting pear. While this never materialized, the ornamental varieties of Cleveland Select and Bradford still persist today and are a common feature across United States landscapes. Treating us with beautiful spring flowers, deep green summer foliage, and red to purple fall color, Callery Pears are typically pyramidal trees with vertical branching and rapid growth that is both tolerant of dryness and pollution. Having varying leaf shapes and sizes, several Callery Pear varieties are further listed below.
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Common Name: Callery Pear
Popular Varieties: Bradford, Chanticleer (Cleveland Select), Aristocrat, Autumn Blaze, Capital, Fauriei, Paradise, Dancer, Princess, Pzazz, Rancho, Redspire, Stonehill, Trinity, Whitehouse
Type: Deciduous Ornamental Tree
Family: Rosaceae
Leaves: Alternate, simple, broad-ovate to ovate, 1 to 3 inches in length and about 3 inches wide, rarely elliptic-ovate, short acuminate, rounded, broad-cuneate, and leathery. Leaves are lustrous dark green in summer and shades of yellow, red and purple during fall.
Size: Varies depending on cultivar.
Hardiness: Zone 5 to 8. For an idea of your plant zone please visit the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map.
Habit: Varies depending on cultivar.
Rate: Fast.
Flowers: White, 3/8 to 3/4 inches across, borne in 3 inch diameter corymbs before or with the early leaves. Usually in full flower in early to mid March.
Diseases & Insects: Resistant to fireblight which is so troublesome to the Common Pear, Pyrus communis; basically free of pests.
Landscape Value: Varies depending on cultivar.
Soil Preference: Very adaptable to many different soils.
Care: Water regularly after initial planting and prune in winter or early spring as necessary to maintain form and desired shape.
Fertilization: Fertilize an area three times the canopy spread of the tree 1 to 2 times a year with a 10-10-10 fertilizer. Only fertilize an established tree.

Planting Instructions: Dig a hole three times the diameter of the root system, with a depth no deeper than the original soil line on trunk. Break up the soil to the finest consistency possible. Place plant in hole and fill, compacting the fill dirt. Water the plant heavily to seal soil around the roots and remove air pockets. Water well, and remember to water regularly until they have started to grow.

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