Flowering Pear, Callery Pear 'Cleveland Select'

Pyrus calleryana

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Pyrus (PY-russ) (Info)
Species: calleryana (kal-lee-ree-AH-nuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Cleveland Select



Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

over 40 ft. (12 m)


30-40 ft. (9-12 m)


USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring




Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

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Seed Collecting:

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This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Atmore, Alabama

Rainsville, Alabama

Smiths, Alabama

Glendale, Arizona

Brighton, Colorado

Fort Collins, Colorado (2 reports)

Grand Junction, Colorado

Windsor, Colorado

Douglas, Georgia

Chicago, Illinois

Clermont, Kentucky

Georgetown, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky

Tecumseh, Michigan

Lebanon, Missouri

Blackwood, New Jersey

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Mount Olive, North Carolina

Pittsboro, North Carolina

Waynesville, North Carolina

Kyle, Texas

Cambridge, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 25, 2015, jackjrabbit from Blackwood, NJ wrote:

Here in New Jersey various incarnations of Pyrus calleryana are highly invasive. I strongly suggest the use of an alternative decorative tree.


On Jul 23, 2014, valygirlgj wrote:

So far, it is a lovely little tree, planted March of 2013, growing very fast! It made it through a bad winter here in Western Colorado. Many people lost native shrubs, trees, roses, etc. which normally would come thru unscathed. This tree is surviving high winds & a hot summer just fine, possibly because it is getting a lot of shade from Elm trees. It's not on a drip line & we water it deeply about every 2 weeks.


On Apr 4, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

I concluded that this tree is an inferior ornamental long before I found out that it's invasive.

The lifespan of a callery pear is typically 10-15 years, with luck perhaps 20. (Dirr) I can't count the number of callery pears I've seen split and disintegrate before reaching maturity, because the tree's architecture can't support its own weight, especially in windy, snowy, or icy weather. Since 'Bradford', many cultivars have been released which are claimed to have stronger architecture, but they all have this propensity to splitting, and in the landscape I still see few surviving into maturity.

The flowers are pretty and very early, but they have a powerful pervasive stink.

The foliage is attractive and rarely troubled by disease. Fall color is g... read more


On Aug 11, 2012, cactusjumper from Glendale, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

The Bradford Pear grows well here in Phoenix, Arizona. Absolutely love this tree. It grows to a large tree with a wonderful dark green umbrella canopy. The leaves turn yellow, brown, and red when the weather finally starts to get cold, about December. By February, the tree is beginning to leaf out again. Yes, it drops all of its leaves and the larger the tree, the more leaves to clean up, but every leaf cleaned up is well worth having this tree. Sometimes a good wind will take off some of the leaves, but its so full and beautiful, you will never notice.


On Apr 16, 2011, Hybrid21 from Windsor, CO wrote:

It all depends on where you live! In the Rocky Mountain Region this tree is NOT invasive and is NOT weak. It grows slower here which helps the tree to grow stronger. Seedlings do not survive, therefore it is not an invasive tree here. There are areas where this tree should not be planted because it is invasive and fast growing, making for a weak tree, but the Rocky Mtn. Region is not one of those areas. Before you listen to all the bad press this tree gets, check your area.


On Apr 25, 2010, FrillyLily from springfield area, MO (Zone 5b) wrote:

I have several of these in my yard. They grow quickly, the roots are not invasive like the maples or willows. They bloom early in the spring, and are one of the first trees to get leaves. The fall color is beautiful also. The tree shapes nicely without having to do alot of pruning, although many you buy are branched too low and need limbed up as they grow. They root steady within a couple years, so you won't have to stake them for too long. The birds love the trees, they are perfectly branched for nesting or hanging bird houses. They do produce a small hard fruit, that is quite dry. It doesn't make a mess in my yard, they just dry up an fall off. I can't tell the wildlife eat them. Some neighbors of ours had quite a bit of her tree break off in a storm, within 3 years, it had all grown bac... read more


On Jul 25, 2009, underscore8 from Waynesville, NC wrote:

great tree is supposed to be stronger wind tolerate blooms and leaves are pretty. I love this tree and everyone should plant them.


On May 27, 2005, Equilibrium wrote:

Well, here we have yet another Calleryana Hybrid. Highly Invasive.

Calleryana Pears shouldn't be planted and they should all be removed from the landscape. The flowers can be pollinated by other Calleryana Pears and I am told the "thorniness' gene is dominant so we are probably staring at a future filled with veritable thickets of escaped Calleryana Pears.

Several years ago the former Director of the Federal Plant Introduction Station in Maryland where the original Calleryana selection (Bradford) was found and cloned. He was interviewed for an article published in the Tennessee Conservationist Magazine. "He was quite elderly, told a fascinating story of destroying the "mother" tree, and quite concerned about what they had unleashed upon the landscape." Th... read more