Ornamental Pear trees (Pyrus) display clouds of beautiful white flowers early in spring that are complimented with lush green or silver foliage. The foliage turns vibrant shades of red, orange and purple in autumn, often adorning the branches well into winter. Choose from formal upright ornamental pear trees to relaxed weeping varieties.
Ornamental Pear trees are versatile and come in a range of habits so there is one suited to practically any garden. The upright Pyrus calleryana 'Chanticleer' lends itself well to formal settings and is popular for avenue planting or screening purposes, but equally is great for small spaces and can be planted near a wall. Pyrus elaeagnifolia Kotschyana is another excellent choice for limited space. The weeping varieties, such as Pyrus salicifolia 'Pendula', have a more relaxed and graceful appearance, lending themselves to informal garden styles.
Although fruit is produced on many varieties, Ornamental Pear trees are rarely grown for this reason, with the showy ornate flowers and bold autumn colour being the main attraction of this species. The fruits are usually left for wildlife to enjoy eating. We do stock a large range of fruiting Pear trees if you want to grow fruit to eat.
Pyrus are easy to grow and require very little care throughout the year. They will grow well in most soils that are reasonably fertile and well-draining. We recommend a slight pruning in September or early December, depending on the variety.