Bradford pear
Pyrus calleryana
  • LEAVES: alternate, deciduous, simple; oblong-ovate, 2-4” long, accuminate tip, coriacious; good fall color
  • FLOWER: many clusters of white, 1" diameter flowers; 5 petals, mildly unpleasent odor
  • FRUIT: small pome, 1/3" diameter x 3/4" long; russet-colored (like a potato), not edible
  • TWIGS: silvery-white, pubescent dormant buds; fruit and flowers on spur shoots
  • BARK:
  • FORM: small tree, often only 20' tall, to 45', but it often breaks-up after 20-25 years
  • HABITAT: urban streets
  • RANGE: eastern US, native of Asia
  • USES: very common (maybe too common) street tree and urban ornamental
  • Best Recognition Features:
    1. clusters of white flowers on spur shoots
    2. russet colored pome, 3/4”
    3. urban environment

    NOTE: extremely popular urban tree because of its spring flowers, fall color, and blight resistance; tends to be fairly short-lived when used for street trees