Pyrus calleryana

Ornamental Pear - 'Capital' or 'Cleveland Select'

A narrow ornamental pear with showy flowers and great autumn colour that is widely tolerant of urban conditions.

Features: Narrow columnar shape. Masses of showy white blossoms in spring. Reddish-purple autumn colour. Hardy
Applications: Widely useful. Narrow sites with restricted space. Streetscapes and avenue plantings. Gardens. Lawn specimen tree.
Description Distinctive for its narrow shape, masses of white spring flowers and delightful reddish-purple autumn colour, the varieties of ornamental pear that Torbay Treefarmers cultivate are widely suitable to temperate Australian conditions. A beautiful specimen, they cope with a wide range of sites including quite dry conditions, slightly alkaline soils, urban demands, air pollution and are less prone to the structural issues faced by other earlier ornamental pear varieties. The narrow canopy spread makes it useful for restricted spaces like parking bays, narrow medians, tight garden positions or avenue plantings while its symetrical shape can be used in more formal landscapes. Typically deep roots but also laterally spreading.
Availability: Torbay, Champion Lakes : 45L, 100L
Mature height: 9-11
Mature spread: 2-3
Canopy: Narrowly columnar. Dense but narrow shade (seasonal)
Growth rate: Moderate to fast
Cautions: Older trees or those with poor structure can be prone to wind damage.
Tolerances: Frost hardy. Somewhat drought tolerant. Copes with urban environments. Disease resistant.
Sun demands: Prefers full sun
Soil demands: Prefers fertile and well drained sites but can tolerate most soils, acid to alkaline and occasional flooding.
Water demands: Low to moderate
Native or Exotic: Exotic
Leaf habit: Deciduous
Family: Rosaceae
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Additional references and recommended reading:

Boland, D. J. et al (2006) "Forest Trees of Australia" 5th Edition, Australia: CSIRO Publishing.

Gilman, Edward F. (1997) "Trees for Urban and Suburban Landscapes", Florida: Delmar Cengage Learning.

Lorenz von Ehren "Von Ehren Manual" 2nd Edition, Hamburg.

Rushforth, K. (2001) "Easy Tree Guide, Britain and Europe", London: Aurum Press.

Urban Forests Ecosystems Institute, "SelecTree - A Tree Selection Guide" retrieved from 2009.

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