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Pyrus calleryana

Pyrus calleryana
Bradford pear; callery pear
Pyrus calleryana
In mid-November, bright red leaves alternate with green ones, giving an almost Christmassy appearance

Common name Bradford pear; callery pear
Family rosaceae
Life cycle tree (Z5-8)
Flowers white (spring)
Size 20-40'
Light sun

Even though this commonly planted tree has earned itself a questionable reputation for its weak, easily broken branching structure, we like our specimen. That may have something to do with the fact that it was the very first tree that Amy and I planted together, before we were married. But it has other significant merits as well: the white flower display in early spring, even before the leaves appear, followed by the glossy deep-green leaves all summer, and the brilliant red fall foliage.

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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