Types of Flowering Pear Trees

Overview

With more than 800 variations, the pear tree is a spectacular tree that provides beauty, shade,and plentiful fruit. With so many variations, the flowering pear trees provide a selection of colors, tastes and sizes that can meet almost anyone's needs.

Step 1

The Cleveland Select flowering pear tree, also known as the Pyrus calleryana, is a sturdy and tolerable flowering pear tree. With more blooms than any other flowering pear tree, the Cleveland Select grows in a natural pyramidal form and can withstand harsh and challenging winters--and hot, drought-filled summers--much better than its counterparts. The tree can reach heights up to 30 feet and width up to half of its length. This deciduous tree blooms massive white flowers during the spring and purplish-red colors in the fall. Still, its beauty is robbed by its failure to produce fruit, as this is a fruitless, flowering pear tree.

Step 2

Blooming is the Aristocrat flowering pear tree's most powerful attraction. Blooming white flowers in the spring, glossy green foliage in the summer, and reddish-purple in the fall, this pyramidal tree has a dominant trunk and open form. The foliage of the tree is disease-resistant and the tree is deciduous. The tree can mature to heights of 40 feet with a 20- to 30-foot spread. The tree's overall beauty makes it ideal for homeowners and landscapers.

Step 3

Referred to as the Bradford tree, the Callery pear tree is a flowering ornamental that can reach heights of 30 to 40 feet. This tender tree is susceptible to branch damage from high winds and heavy snow. However, the Bradford is resistant to fire blight. Providing a brilliant array of colors throughout the spring, summer, and fall, the Bradford pear can tolerate all types of soil conditions and prefers full, direct sun.

Step 4

Maturing no higher than 20 feet, the Jack flowering pear tree is a small, oval pear tree that is perfect for areas with surrounding power lines. Resistant to fire blight, this pear tree provides beautiful white blooms during early spring. Some variations of the Jack allow you to choose between fruited trees and ornamental options. With a spread that usually spans less than 10 feet, the tree provides little shade but does not demand full sunlight to be a healthy success.

References

  • Jack Callery Pear
  • New Bradford Pear
  • Ornamental Pear
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