High Desert Plant Finder & Guide
Capital Ornamental Pear
Pyrus calleryana 'Capital'
Capital Ornamental Pear in bloom
(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)
Height: 30 feet
Spread: 10 feet
Hardiness Zone: 5
Other Names: Callery Pear
A narrowly upright specimen tree that's covered in attractive white flowers in spring followed by small inedible fruit, good fall color, distinctive symmetrical form is excellent for skyline articulation; can be susceptible to fireblight
Capital Ornamental Pear is covered in stunning clusters of white flowers with purple anthers along the branches in mid spring before the leaves. It has dark green foliage throughout the season. The glossy heart-shaped leaves turn an outstanding deep purple in the fall. The fruits are showy yellow pomes displayed in late summer.
Capital Ornamental Pear is a dense deciduous tree with a strong central leader and a narrowly upright and columnar growth habit. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.
This is a high maintenance tree that will require regular care and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;
Capital Ornamental Pear is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Vertical Accent
Planting & Growing
Capital Ornamental Pear will grow to be about 30 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 3 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.
This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.
Please note: Our Plant Guide is all about plants that will work in the high desert. It is not, nor is it intended to be, a current list of plants in stock on hand at each location or at our farm. We purposely do not sell or ship plants via the internet. Plant questions and availability are best determined in-store.