Pyrus calleryana seed
Pyrus calleryana, copmmonly known as Manchurian or Callery Pear is an ornamental pear native to china. A deciduous tree growing from 6 to 10 metres it is a spectacularly showy tree in spring when it is covered with clusters of white flowers and again in autumn when its leaves turn bright yellow, mahogany and red. . This is a pear tree grown for its flowers and fall foliage, and not for edible fruit.
Trees have a very attractive pyriform shape and are excellent as an feature tree where a narrower columnar tree is sought.. The deciduous leaves are oval, 5 to 7 cm long, leathery and lustrous green, turning shades of yellow, orange, purple and red in the autumn. persist on the tree into early winter after most deciduous trees have shed their leaves. The white flowers are about 2.5 cm across and arranged in clusters of a dozen or so, each cluster about 8 cm across. They appear before and with the leaves in early spring, and completely cover the tree so that all you see is white. . The fruits are spherical brown pomes about 1.5 cm in diameter.
Callery pear is hard to beat for early spring flowers and spectacular autumn color. It is tolerant of urban conditions, pollution and poor soils. It can be transplanted at any size. It grows fast. It is a good choice for a quick screen or ornamental tree along a driveway, in a parking lot, or along a street. It makes an interesting Bonsai subject.
Pyrus calleryana is frost resistant and although it needs regular watering while young established trees are moderately drought tolerant Best in full sun in a range of soils.
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