Aristocrat Callery Pear – Pyrus calleryana 'Aristocrat'

Aristocrat Callery Pear
Family Rosaceae – Rose Family; Fruit Trees

Callery pear is a rapid-growing ornamental used for its quick establishment and flowering qualities.

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Aristocrat Callery Pear
Common Pear is a large ornamental rapidly growing to about 45 feet tall and 20 feet wide. It takes on an upright, pyramidal form when young, becoming more oval and spreading with age. It grows best in full sun but will tolerate partial shade. Likes moist and well-drained soil but is easily adapted to various stressors, including acidic and alkaline Ph, restricted growth space, pollution, drought, and pruning.

Callery pear has a reputation for poor branching habits, leaving itself vulnerable to major windthrow or ice-load damage. Near vertical, co-dominant central leaders with acute crotch angles and extremely weak attachments must be thinned on a regular basis to ameliorate this liability. Branches remaining after this recommended biannual pruning will be stronger and resist storm damage more readily than those in an unattended, overgrown tree. [2]

Aristocrat callery pear blossoms
Flowers in spring are showy, white, to 3 inches inflorescences, mid to late April for about 1 week. Foliage is green to dark green, glossy, alternate, ovate to orbicular, fluttering. Fall color is variable and generally not showy, ranging from purple, orange, yellow to red. Color does not develop until late season, November and December.
Aristocrat Callery Pear bark

  1. USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program (GRIN), Pyrus calleryana Decne.
  2. Morton Arboretum acc. 1400-24*1, photos by Bruce Marlin
  3. Horticultural and Crop Science, Ohio State University, Pyrus calleryana
  4. Pronunciation of Pyrus calleryana from University of Connecticut Plant Database
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Family Rosaceae – Rose Family; Fruit Trees
Containing Hawthorns, Apples, Pears, Cherries, Plums, Peach, Almond, Mountain-Ash and Whitebeam. Rosaceae is a large family of plants with about 3,000 species in ~100 genera. Crabapple and other fruit trees provide some of our most outstanding flowering ornamentals. Tree Encyclopedia | Tree Index | Rosaceae Index