ENH-695/ST537: Pyrus calleryana: 'Bradford' Callery Pear

ENH-695/ST537: Pyrus calleryana: ‘Bradford’ Callery Pear

Edward F. Gilman, Dennis G. Watson, Ryan W. Klein, Andrew Ok. Koeser, Deborah R. Hilbert, and Drew C. McLean2


`Bradford’ is the unique introduction of callery pear and has an inferior branching behavior when in comparison with different cultivars which have since been developed. It has many vertical limbs with embedded bark packed carefully on the trunk and grows about 50 ft excessive by 20 to 30 ft extensive however the crown is dense and the branches lengthy and never tapered, making it fairly inclined to wind and ice injury and different breakage. Nevertheless, it does placed on a stunning, early spring show of pure white blossoms, and the small, purple/brown fruits which comply with will entice fairly numerous birds who discover them scrumptious. Fruit set could also be elevated by planting two or extra cultivars of callery pear collectively. Fall coloration is unbelievable, starting from purple and orange to darkish maroon.

Determine 1. 

Full Kind – Pyrus calleryana: ‘Bradford’ Callery pear

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Basic Data

Scientific identify: Pyrus calleryana

Pronunciation: PIE-rus kal-ler-ee-AY-nuh

Frequent identify(s): ‘Bradford’ Callery pear

Household: Rosaceae

USDA hardiness zones: 5A by way of 9A (Determine 2)

Origin: native to Korea and China

UF/IFAS Invasive Evaluation Standing: Invasive and never really helpful aside from “specified and restricted” use accepted by the UF/IFAS Invasive Plant Working Group (North, Central, South)

Makes use of: container or planter; road with out sidewalk; display; shade; specimen; parking zone island < 100 sq ft; parking lot island 100-200 sq ft; parking lot island > 200 sq ft; sidewalk cutout (tree pit); tree garden 3-Four ft extensive; tree garden 4-6 ft extensive; tree garden > 6 ft extensive; city tolerant; freeway median

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Peak: 30 to 50 ft

Unfold: 20 to 30 ft

Crown uniformity: symmetrical

Crown form: oval, spherical

Crown density: dense

Progress fee: quick

Texture: medium


Leaf association: alternate

Leaf kind: easy

Leaf margin: serrate, crenate

Leaf form: ovate

Leaf venation: pinnate, reticulate

Leaf kind and persistence: deciduous

Leaf blade size: 1 ½ to three inches

Leaf coloration: darkish inexperienced and glossy on prime, paler inexperienced beneath

Fall coloration: yellow, purple, orange, purple

Fall attribute: showy

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Leaf – Pyrus calleryana: ‘Bradford’ Callery pear

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Flower coloration: white or tinged with pink

Flower traits: very showy; has an aroma that some discover disagreeable; emerges in clusters on 3” lengthy cymes

Flowering: spring

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Flower – Pyrus calleryana: ‘Bradford’ Callery pear

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Fruit form: spherical

Fruit size: ½ to 1 inch

Fruit protecting: dry or exhausting; pome

Fruit coloration: golden brown

Fruit traits: attracts birds; not showy; fruit/leaves not a litter downside

Trunk and Branches

Trunk/branches: branches droop; not showy; usually multi-trunked; could also be armed with thorns when younger

Bark: gentle brown to reddish brown and clean, turning into grayish brown and growing shallow furrows with maturity

Pruning requirement: wanted for sturdy construction

Breakage: inclined to breakage

Present 12 months twig coloration: brown

Present 12 months twig thickness: thick

Wooden particular gravity: unknown

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Bark – Pyrus calleryana: ‘Bradford’ Callery pear, Gitta Hasing, UF/IFAS

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Gitta Hasing, UF/IFAS

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Mild requirement: full solar

Soil tolerances: clay; sand; loam; alkaline; acidic; moist however well-drained

Drought tolerance: reasonable

Aerosol salt tolerance: reasonable


Roots: not an issue

Winter curiosity: no

Excellent tree: no

Ozone sensitivity: tolerant

Verticillium wilt susceptibility: resistant

Pest resistance: proof against pests/ailments

Use and Administration

The most important downside with the `Bradford’ callery pear has been too many upright branches rising too carefully collectively on the trunk. Prune the bushes early of their life to house lateral branches alongside a central trunk. This isn’t straightforward and a talented pruning crew is required to construct a stronger tree. Even following pruning by a talented crew, bushes usually look misshapen with many of the decrease foliage eliminated and the decrease parts of the a number of trunks exhibiting. This tree most likely was not meant to be pruned, however with out pruning has a brief life, thus `Bradford’ pear defines a Catch-22.

Callery pear bushes are shallow-rooted and can tolerate most soil sorts together with clay and alkaline, are pest- and pollution-resistant, and tolerate soil compaction, drought and moist soil effectively. `Bradford’ is essentially the most fireblight-resistant cultivar of the callery pears. Sadly, as `Bradford’ and among the different cultivars strategy 20 years previous, they start to crumble in ice and snow storms because of inferior, tight department construction. However they’re definitely lovely and develop extraordinarily effectively in city soil till then and doubtless will proceed to be planted due to their city toughness. As you propose downtown road tree plantings, do not forget that in downtown websites many different bushes succumb earlier than this one because of a wide range of causes, however the callery pears appear to hold on fairly effectively regardless of the issues with department attachments and a number of trunks.

`Autumn Blaze’ has fantastic fall coloration sooner than different cultivars.


Aphids trigger distorted progress and deposits of honeydew.

Scales may be seen on `Bradford’ however normally they aren’t severe.

A number of borers could assault pear. Hold bushes wholesome to forestall assaults.


Barely inclined to fireblight when grown within the south however the injury is normally solely seen at department ideas. `Bradford’ reveals one of the best resistance to fireplace blight in checks carried out within the southeast of all callery pear cultivars examined.

Ideas of fireside blight-infected branches seem scorched and burnt. The leaves droop, flip brown, however stay hanging on the tree. The micro organism wash down the department and type cankers. Bark contained in the canker usually shreds and peels. When a canker girdles a department, that department dies. The callery pears are resistant, however not resistant to this illness and a few cultivars are apparently extra resistant than others. Prune out contaminated branches effectively under the contaminated space.


Koeser, A. Ok., Hasing, G., Friedman, M. H., and Irving, R. B. 2015. Bushes: North & Central Florida. College of Florida Institute of Meals and Agricultural Sciences.

U.S. Division of Agriculture, UF/IFAS Extension Service, College of Florida, IFAS, Florida A & M College Cooperative Extension Program, and Boards of County Commissioners Cooperating. Nick T. Place, dean for UF/IFAS Extension.

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