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Common Name:

Callery Pear

Scientific Name:

Pyrus calleryana

Family Name:



Callery Pears are durable small to medium size trees with tear-drop shaped crowns of dark glossy green foliage. Many cultivars develop good red to purple fall color and all have attractive white spring flowers. Many cultivars are highly adapted to Texas landscapes, with seedlings sometimes becoming invasive weeds. The fruit of this species is small and inedible and seldom causes maintenance problems in landscapes. Inaddequate chilling and summer heat stress sometimes ruins subsequent spring flowering.

Plant Habit or Use:

Tree, small tree, medium tree



Flower Color:

White, en masse, very attractive at times, inaddequate chilling can cause sproadic emergence

Blooming Period:


Fruit Characteristics:

Small brown, inedible, pear


30 ft to 40 ft


20 ft to 30 ft

Earth–Kind® Index:

  • Heat Tolerance: High Heat Tolerance
  • Water Requirements: Low Water Use
  • Soil Requirements: Low Soil Requirements
  • Pest Tolerance: High Pest Resistance
  • Fertility Requirements: Low Fertility Requirements
Explanation of the Earth–Kind® Index breakdown

Firewise Index

Explanation of the Firewise Index numerical value

USDA Hardiness Zones:

5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Regions that intersect these hardiness zones:
Region A - Panhandle and High Plains Region B - North and Central Texas Region C - Northeast and East Texas Region D - West Texas Region E - Upper Rio Grande Region F - Hill Country and Central Coast Region G - Southeast Texas Region H - Rio Grande Valley
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Additional Comments:

A highly variable species in terms of cold tolerance and chilling requirements, some clones are hardy to USDA zone 4b while others are hardy only to 6; likewise some individuals are tolerant of heat in zone 9, while other clones are not vigorous in zones warmer than USDA zone 7; choose your cultivar carefully; the most popular clone, P. calleryana 'Bradford' is highly susceptible to crown splitting in wind, snow, or ice loads with age; suceptibility to fireblight is variable within the species.
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A Special Note about Cool Season Annuals

Cool season annuals typically are planted in the fall or early winter and flower in early spring under moderate temperatures. This group of plant materials includes: pansies, snapdragons, violas, dianthus, flowering cabbage/kale, etc. Because cool season annuals flower in the spring when conditions are mild, most have limited heat tolerance.

As a result cool season annuals do not receive a high Earth–Kind® index despite their outstanding landscape qualities.