Callery Pear (Pyrus calleryana)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Callery Pear
Pyrus calleryana

This species is widely used as a rootstock[183], especially for cultivars of Pyrus pyrifolia[266]. It is said to induce earlier bearing[160].

The wood of this species is hard and close-grained, and is sometimes used for making furniture and stools[266].

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    Fruit – raw or cooked[105]. Best used after it has been exposed to frost[177, 183], since this will soften and sweeten the flesh[K]. The fruit is about 25mm in diameter[200].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – best sown in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe in the autumn, it will then usually germinate in mid to late winter. Stored seed requires 8 – 10 weeks cold stratification at 1¡c and should be sown as early in the year as possible[200]. Temperatures over 15 – 20¡c induce a secondary dormancy in the seed[200]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in light shade in a cold frame or greenhouse for their first year. Plant them out in late spring or early summer of the following year.
Prefers a good well-drained loam in full sun[200]. Grows well in heavy clay soils. Tolerates light shade but does not fruit so well in such a position. Tolerates atmospheric pollution, excessive moisture and a range of soil types if they are moderately fertile[200]. Established plants are drought tolerant[200]. Grows well on acid soils[160]. Plants are hardy to about -40¡c when they are fully dormant[160]. There are many named forms selected for their ornamental value[200]. The cultivar ‘Bradford’ is resistant to fireblight[188]. Resists fireblight, collar rot, root aphis, pear psylla and root lesion nematodes[160]. Trees have a short dormancy period and lose their leaves late in the season[160].
E. Asia – China, central and southern Japan.

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