Flowering pear trees are also known as ornamental pear trees because they do not produce fruit. These trees are called Pyrus Calleryana and look much like the producing pear trees, with a pyramidal shape. They grow very quickly and are often used commercially to line streets or park pathways. Homeowners enjoy them as a single specimen for landscaping or to line their driveways.
This is one of the oldest flowering pear trees, and it is very popular. It is a grafted hybrid that reaches 40 feet tall. The limbs have an upward angle. The Bradford pear prefers light, well-drained soil and full sun. If you are planting this type in heavy red or black clay, you will need to add sand or potting soil to the planting hole. A magnificent display of white flowers covers the bare branches in early spring. Next follows dark green foliage, which turns yellow in late fall.
This type of ornamental pear tree grows to a height of 40 feet and tolerates any soil type, from light to heavy. It is drought resistant and has hearty, thick branches that usually withstand the weight of snow, ice and strong winds. The Cleveland Select has white flowers in early spring, with green leaves following. In late fall the leaves turn to deep purple.
This a medium-sized tree that will reach heights of 40 feet. It grows in a pyramid shape naturally, and no pruning is needed. It displays white, delicate flowers in spring and then sprouts wavy, dark green leaves that turn to a dark red or purple in fall.
If you prefer traditional fall foliage colors such as red and orange, then this ornamental pear tree will please you. It grows up to 30 feet tall and is grown easily in any soil conditions with full sun available. The Autumn Blaze is also drought tolerant and heat tolerant and does well in the South.
When choosing a type of flowering pear tree, consider what type of soil you have in your yard and where the tree could receive full sun for at least 6 hours a day. All varieties are disease and insect resistant. Very little pruning is needed because of the natural shape of these trees. They are fast growing and pretty in all seasons.