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Pyrus calleryana 'Chanticleer'

Ornamental pear

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Plant type

Deciduous tree

Flower colour



Flowers, Dramatic foliage



Skill level


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Plant details

An unusual, stately, deciduous, thorny Chinese tree (introduced to the West in 1908) which has superb late autumn colour. This particular cultivar, with flamboyant red autumn leaves, comes from North America and is now very popular because of its terrific show of early spring blossom, its relatively tall, thin, spire-like shape and its ability to tolerate pollution, which is why it's often seen in cities. It has been given the Award of Garden Merit (AGM) by the Royal Horticultural Society. The variety 'Bradford' was the traditional alternative, but there are also other forms, like 'Autumn Blaze', which produces striking late-season colour.

Family: Rosaceae

Genus: Pyrus

Species: calleryana

Cultivar: Chanticleer

Plant type: Deciduous tree

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers, Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry, Moist, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 1500cm

Spread: 600cm

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