Ornamental Pear
Pyrus calleryana ‘Chanticleer’
(also known as ‘Cleveland Select’)

Chanticleer flowers
Chanticleer flowers

Nothing says spring has arrived like crocuses and pears. The ornamental pear is one of the first trees to flower, and it’s one of the best trees for lawns and sidewalks, or as a focal point in larger flower beds.

The pear is best know for its profusion of early spring flowers, but the tree has so many other outstanding characteristics. Glossy, emerald green leaves turn beautiful red/orange in the fall and retain their fall color later than most other trees, often past Thanksgiving.

Take a look at the habit of the tree when not in bloom. It’s a lovely, dense, narrow pyramid that gets big enough to provide some shade but not so big that it overpowers a suburban landscape. Expect it to grow about 35′ high and 16′ wide in 15 years.

Chanticleer pear habit
Chanticleer pear habit

Unlike older varieties, Chanticleer is highly resistant to damage from snow, ice, and wind.