Originating from Europe and Asia from as far back as 1134 BC, the Flowering Pear Tree has a long and valuable history. They are known for their rapid growth rate. It is not uncommon to see 12' to 15' height increases during an 8 to 10 year period. The Flowering Pear Tree, Pyrus Calleryana, is now grown throughout the U.S. for its awesome display of white early blooms.
These beautiful fast growing trees get 30' to 40' perform the best in full sun. Planting the tree in a site that receives full sun increases its flowering and assures brilliant fall foliage colors. The tree's success rate increases when it is planted in an area sheltered from prevailing winds and snow loads. Properly pruning this ornamental pear tree in its youth also can promote strong branch spacing.
Ornamental pear trees are deciduous and have an elliptical or tear-drop appearance. They have dark green ovate leaves and furrowed dark brown to light green bark. In the Fall, the leaves produce striking Fall color in shades of red, bronze and purple. The showy white flowers are a beautiful feature of these highly regarded ornamental trees.