Pyrus: ancient name for Pear; calleryana: named for Joseph Callery, 19th century French missionary in China
Perennial Tree, Deciduous, Broad-leaf
Phenology (Flowering Period)
☑ Piedmont ☑ Coastal Plain
Cultivated and escaping to fields, thickets and roadsides
Coastal Plain Status
Cultivars of the Callery pear are widely planted as ornamentals, such as the "Bradford" pear. Cultivars are generally self-sterile (unable to produce fertile seed when self-pollinated or cross-pollinated with another tree of the same cultivar). However, if different cultivars of Callery pears are growing in close proximity to one another, they can produce fertile seeds. Callery pear is well established outside of cultivation throughout the state and these â€œwildâ€ plants are descendants of multiple genotypes from various cultivars of Pyrus calleryana.