15 Types Of Flowering Pear Trees That Are Good For Any Garden

Since the scenic views of ornamental trees are always lovely to behold, we thought it would be nice to write about the types of flowering pear trees. After all, who doesn't enjoy a dramatic profusion of showy foliage in spring? Flowering pear trees (Pyrus calleryana) are desired for their glossy, ovate leaves, dark brown to light green trunks, and polychromatic transformation before they lose their leaves in the fall. 

The varieties we have detailed are relatively low-maintenance and accommodate varying soil types and pH levels. But they do prefer full sun and organically rich, moist, well-draining soils. Since they play nice with other plants, you should have no problem incorporating them into your garden or landscape design. Watch out and take preventive measures against things like fire blight (like using neem oil), which Gardenerdy says these plants are susceptible toward, as well as limb breakage during windy conditions. Now that we have gone over the basics, let us jump into the nitty-gritty of flowering pear trees.

1. Chanticleer pear

Let us start with chanticleer pear (Pyrus calleryana 'chanticleer'), the award-winning ornamental pear tree discovered in China by French missionary Joseph Callery in 1858, according to Missouri Botanical Garden. If you plant this gorgeous tree in your garden, expect an upright habit, exceptional limb strength, and bright foliage.

A healthy chanticleer pear tree will paint your landscape with glossy green leaves, a profuse bloom of white flowers, and inedible, greenish-yellow fruits. Plant this tree to enjoy a rich plum color tinged with wine in the fall.

Bloom Season: spring

USDA Growing Zone: 5 to 9

Growing Conditions: full sun

Soil Type: moist, well-draining

Size: 25 to 35 feet tall, 13 to 16 feet wide

2. Capital pear

Because capital pear trees (Pyrus calleryana 'capital')' have the narrowest habit of all the ornamental pear trees, you can plant them strategically to form tall privacy screens in your backyard. You will enjoy the white and green foliage of this deciduous tree, especially when it turns orange in the fall. 

Per Nature Hills, capital pear trees are one of the best types of flowering pear trees since they are low-maintenance and tolerant of frost and drought.

Bloom Season: spring

USDA Growing Zone: 5 to 9

Growing Conditions: full sun

Soil Type: moist, well-draining

Size: 2 to 3 feet tall, 0.6 to 1 foot wide

3. Aristocrat pear

Aristocrat pear (Pyrus calleryana 'aristocrat'), or the callery pear, originates from China and Taiwan. As Monrovia explains, this medium-sized shade tree starts with a pyramidal to columnar habit when it is young but becomes oval-shaped and spreads as it matures.

What we love most about this flowering pear tree is its disease-resistant, heart-shaped, green leaves, which transform into a stunning reddish-purple bouquet in the fall. The aristocrat pear is deciduous, only requiring occasional watering when established.

Bloom Season: spring

USDA Growing Zone: 4 to 9

Growing Conditions: full sun

Soil Type: widely adaptable

Size: 15 to 40 feet tall, 20 to 30 feet wide

4. Autumn blaze pear

Nothing says a dramatic feature tree like the autumn blaze pear (Pyrus calleryana 'autumn blaze'). Since the experts say that you can incorporate the best flowering pear trees into any ornamental garden, this shade tree should fit right in!

The autumn blaze pear is a cultivar of the callery pear, and as such, it presents an upright, pyramidal habit that overflows with frothy white flowers, per Gardening Know How. It has glossy dark green leaves and small clusters of white flowers which turn burgundy-red in the fall

Bloom Season: spring

USDA Growing Zone: 4 to 8

Growing Conditions: full sun

Soil Type: wide range, highly adaptable

Size: 30 feet tall and 25 feet wide at maturity

5. Cleveland select pear

The Cleveland select pear (Pyrus calleryana 'Cleveland select') is a variation of the callery pear tree. It is hardier than most callery pear trees, offering an upright growth pattern, sturdy fruitless branches, and glossy green foliage. Similar to other flowering pear trees, it bears small, white flowers, but they are odoriferous, according to Specialty Trees.

The Cleveland select pear is low-maintenance and highly adaptable as it tolerates extreme temperatures. However, it does not handle regular pruning well.

Bloom Season: spring

USDA Growing Zone: 4 to 9

Growing Conditions: full sun

Soil Type: well-draining, rich loams

Size: 35 to 40 feet tall, 15 to 2 feet wide

6. Jack pear

Urban Forest Nursery describes the jack pear (Pyrus calleryana 'jaczam') as the smallest of the flowering pear trees that require regular care and attention. As one of the best types of flowering pear trees, this upright tree has dense branches and a rounded form, making it perfect for accent landscapes and lawns.

The jack pear can transform even the smallest of gardens with its dark-green foliage, inedible tan-brown-colored fruits, and glossy heart-shaped leaves that unleash reddish-purple hues in the fall.

Bloom Season: spring

USDA Growing Zone: 4 to 5

Growing Conditions: full sun

Soil Type: moist, well-draining

Size: 15 to 20 feet tall, 10 to 12 feet wide

7. Trinity pear

If you have space constraints, consider trinity pear (Pyrus calleryana 'trinity'), a new hybrid with a tightly-rounded form and moderate growth rate. The only downside to planting this ornamental tree is that it has an urban lifespan of about 20 years and may require regular pruning. 

However, its profuse spring bloom, light green foliage, outstanding deep-red fall color, and tolerance of urban conditions typically offset this challenge, via North American Insects & Spiders. You will not be the only one to enjoy this pear tree — birds love it, too!

Bloom Season: spring

USDA Growing Zone: 5 to 7

Growing Conditions: full sun, tolerates some shade

Soil Type: all types

Size: 20 feet tall at maturity, 20 to 25 feet wide

8. Winter glow pear

The winter glow pear tree (Pyrus calleryana 'winter glow') is not only one of the best types of flowering pear trees but also one of the most interesting to plant and observe. It is a semi-deciduous ornamental tree that is known for maintaining its leaves well into late winter, before losing them for a brief period. 

Per research by the Blerick Tree Farm, winter glow pear, in cooler climates, succumbs to its deciduous nature for only five weeks in an entire year.

Bloom Season: spring

USDA Growing Zone: 5 to 9

Growing Conditions: full sun

Soil Type: humus-rich, moist, well-draining

Size: 40 feet tall, 14 feet wide at maturity

9. Redspire pear

Unlike other members of the Rosaceae family, redspire pear (Pyrus calleryana 'redspire') produces large clusters of striking white flowers. Still, it remains small and narrow, presenting a dense and symmetrical habit. Growing redspire pear, according to Gardening Know How, is effortless because it is accepting of all soil types. It can thrive in both acidic and alkaline soils, as well as wet and well-draining soils. 

After planting, care should be your focus. Prune, trim, and water regularly until established.

Bloom Season: spring

USDA Growing Zone: 5 to 9

Growing Conditions: full sun

Soil Type: all types, highly adaptable

Size: 35 to 45 feet high, 18 to 20 feet wide

10. Manchurian pear

The manchurian flowering pear (Pyrus ussuriensis) is native to Asia but grows widely in Australia. If you desire a pleached garden, consider this shade tree because it has an upright trunk with horizontal branches, the experts over at Hello Hello Plant & Garden Supplies say. 

The manchurian pear tree is pyramidal when young before attaining a dense rounded habit with age. It is also quite the performer in fall — flaunting its rich, dark red foliage without a care in the world.

Bloom Season: spring

USDA Growing Zone: 3 to 8

Growing Conditions: full sun to part shade

Soil Type: rich humus, well-draining

Size: 49 to 50 feet, 30 to 35 feet wide

11. Snow pear

Snow pear (Pyrus nivalis) is the most unique member of the Rosaceae family, as evidenced by its soft, silvery-green leaves and small, white-hued flowers that appear simultaneously to give it a striking appearance, via Gardenia

Snow pear bears mildly sour-tasting fruits and has a wide conical habit and straight trunk. It does not require routine pruning, but look out for caterpillars, codling moths, bullfinches, aphids, pear rust, and pear scab.

Bloom Season: spring

USDA Growing Zone: 6 to 9

Growing Conditions: full sun

Soil Type: well-draining, rich, moist

Size: 20 to 30 feet tall, 15 to 20 feet wide

12. Evergreen pear

The evergreen pear (Pyrus kawakamii) joins our list of types of flowering pear trees. This variety is quite popular with homeowners — it has a wide, irregular crown that is significantly larger than the trunk of the tree. As Horticulture Unlimited notes, its leaves are glossy, light yellow-green in color, and oval-shaped with a pointed tip. 

They transform into gorgeous shades of orange-red in the fall before falling off for a short time. The evergreen pear is a fruit tree, but it is rare to see the inedible pea-sized fruit it produces.

Bloom Season: winter to early spring

USDA Growing Zone: 8 to10

Growing Conditions: full sun to part shade

Soil Type: well-draining; sandy, clay

Size: 15 to 30 feet tall and wide

13. Asian pear

There is no doubt that the Asian pear tree (Pyrus pyrifolia) is famed for its delicious fruits, commonly known as apple pears, nashi pears, or papples. But a lesser-known fact is that they are also flowering pear trees that can make a great addition to any garden. 

To grow Asian pear, plant them in the spring or fall, ensuring that they are about 30 feet apart, Garden Path recommends. Choose a soil type with a pH between 6 and 8 and make sure it receives eight hours of full sun daily.

Bloom Season: spring

USDA Growing Zone: 5 to 9

Growing Conditions: full sun

Soil Type: rich, well-draining, moderately loose

Size: 30 to 40 feet tall, 30 to 40 feet wide

14. Weeping silver pear

Weeping silver pear (Pyrus salicifolia 'pendula') is native to Russia and Armenia but was cultivated in Germany by botanist P.S. Pallas in 1780. It is a small but elegant deciduous tree that adapts to a broad range of garden sizes and landscape designs. 

As part of the popular types of flowering pear trees, it impresses with long, weeping branches, slightly white flowers, and narrow, greyish-silver leaves, via Chew Valley Trees. Pyrus salicifolia 'pendula' is a slow grower.

Bloom Season: spring

USDA Growing Zone: 4 to 7

Growing Conditions: full sun

Soil Type: moist, well-draining soil

Size: 20 feet tall and wide at maturity

15. Southworth dancer pear

The serrated-edged, pale green leaves of southworth Dancer pear (Pyrus betulaefolia 'southworth dancer') transform into stunning shades of yellow in the fall. This ornamental tree is deciduous, producing silvery gray leaves after it sheds its foliage. We love it because it tolerates drought and dry conditions after it has been established, via Winter Hill Tree Farm

Pyrus betulaefolia 'southworth dancer' makes a great feature tree for all garden styles.

Bloom Season: spring

USDA Growing Zone: up to 3

Growing Conditions: full sun to part shade

Soil Type: moist, rich, well-draining

Size: 22 feet tall, 13 feet wide at maturity