Ornamental Pear trees (Pyrus) stand taller and more upright than apple trees, displaying clouds of beautiful white flowers early in spring. This is complimented with lush green foliage that turns vibrant shades of red, orange and purple in autumn, often adorning the branches well into winter.
The upright shape, year round interest and hardy nature of Ornamental Pear trees are some of the reasons they are so popular for avenue planting or screening purposes. Although fruit is produced, Ornamental Pear trees are rarely grown for this reason with the ornate flowers and bold autumn colour being the main attraction of this species. The fruits are usually left for wildlife to enjoy eating. Pyrus require very little care throughout the year, with a slight pruning needed in September or early December, depending on the variety.
Pyrus are native to China and Vietnam, and come from the Rosaceae family. This species is made up of about 22 different varieties found across Asia, Europe, and Northern Africa.