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Bradford Callery Pear - Pyrus calleryana Tree Seeds ~ GORGEOUS LEAVES COLORS - Cold Hardy Zones 5 - 9

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The Callery pear (Pyrus calleryana) is a species of pear native to China and Vietnam, in the rose family (Rosaceae). Callery pears are deciduoustrees growing to 15 to 20 m (49 to 66 ft) tall, often with a conic to rounded crown. Their leaves are oval, 4 to 7 cm (1.6 to 2.8 in) long, glossy dark green above, and slightly paler below. The white, five-petaledflowers
are about 2 to 3 cm (0.79 to 1.2 in) in diameter. They are produced
abundantly in early spring, before the leaves expand fully.

The fruits of the Callery pear are small (less than one cm in diameter), and hard (almost woody) until softened by frost, after which they are readily taken by birds, which disperse the seeds in their droppings. In summer, the foliage is dark green and very smooth, and in autumn the leaves commonly turn
brilliant colors, ranging from yellow and orange to more commonly red,
pink, purple, and bronze. Sometimes, several of these fall colors may be
present on an individual leaf.

Pear wood (of any species) has one of the finest textures of the fruitwoods. It is prized for making woodwind instruments, and pear veneer is used in fine furniture.  Callery pear has been used as rootstock for grafting such pear cultivars as Comice, Bosc, or Seckel, and especially for nashi pear.

Bradford Pear, Callery Pear, Pyrus calleryana, Tree Seeds

Showy Ornamental Flowers, Fall Colors, Fast Growth, Shade Tree, Specimen
Tree, Street Tree, Cold, Drought and Urban Tolerant, Adaptable, Bonsai

Native to China and Taiwan, Callery Pear is an upright branched ornamental
tree that typically grows to 30-50’ tall. Pyramidal to columnar in
youth, but tends to become oval to spreading with age. It is noted for
its early profuse spring bloom, quality glossy green foliage and often
excellent reddish-purple fall color. It produces small, inedible,
greenish-yellow fruits to 1/2 inch in diameter, which are of little
practical value or ornamental interest.

The specific epithet and common name honor Joseph Callery, a French
missionary, who discovered and collected this plant in China in 1858. In
1917, seed was brought to the U.S. from China for hybridization
experiments aimed at improving fireblight resistance for the common
fruiting pear (Pyrus communis). The experiments generally proved
unsuccessful. However, in the 1950s, Callery Pear emerged in U. S.
commerce as a promising new ornamental tree, leading to massive
landscape plantings.


Leaf: Alternate, simple, heart-shaped to ovate with a finely serrated margin,
2 to 3 inches in length, shiny green above, paler and dull below.
Leaves turn attractive reddish-purple in fall.

Flower: Large (2 to 4 inches across) clusters of showy white flowers (1/2 to
3/4 inch across) appearing in early spring, before or with the leaves.
Often so dense the entire tree appears white.

Fruit: Small (1/2 inch diameter), round, brown pome, very bitter.
Twig: Glossy brown to reddish brown, medium in texture, spur shoots present;
terminal buds are large (1/4 to 1/2 inch long), ovate, and covered in
light brown wooly hairs.

Bark: At first smooth with numerous lenticels, light brown to reddish brown,
becoming grayish brown with shallow furrows and scaly ridges.

Form: Typically quite upright and conical with very narrow branch angles. May reach 60 feet in height.


Other Names: Callery Pear
Zone: 5 to 9
Growth rate: Fast
Plant Type: Deciduous Fruiting Tree

Family: Rosaceae

Native Range: China, Taiwan
Height: 30 to 50 feet
Spread: 20 to 35 feet
Shape: Pyramidal to columnar in youth, but tends to become oval to spreading with age.
Bloom Time: April
Bloom Color: White
Sun: Full sun
Fall Color: Showy Reddish-purple
Drought tolerance: Moderate
Water: Dry to Medium
Maintenance: Medium
Site Requirements /Soil Tolerances:
Best grown in humusy, well-drained loams with consistent moisture in
full sun. Tolerates some drought once established. Adaptable to a wide
range of soil conditions including heavy clays. Generally tolerant of
urban conditions. Should be sited in locations protected from strong

Culture: Early spring flowers may be damaged by frost. Prune as needed in winter.  
Uses: Group or specimen. Shade tree.

Sowing Pyrus calleryana Seeds:
Scarification, cold stratification, and moisture enhance germination.
Scarify: Soak in water for 24 hours
Stratify: Cold 90 days, 40 Degrees F
Germination: Sow 1/4” Deep

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