Pyrus calleryana

Common Names: Callery pear
Category: Trees
Sub-category: Pears

A species of pear native to China and Vietnam, in the family Rosaceae. It is a cultivated species in Connecticut. It is a deciduous tree growing to 5 to 8 m tall, often with a conic to rounded crown. The leaves are oval, 4 to 8 cm long, glossy dark green above, and slightly paler below. The white, five-petaled flowers are about 2 to 2.5 cm in diameter. They are produced abundantly in early spring, before the leaves expand fully. The fruits of the Callery pear are small (less than one cm in diameter), and hard, almost woody, until softened by frost, after which they are readily taken by birds, which disperse the seeds in their droppings. In summer, the foliage is dark green and very smooth, and in autumn the leaves commonly turn brilliant colors, ranging from yellow and orange to more commonly red, pink, purple, and bronze. Sometimes, several of these autumn colors may be present on an individual leaf. However, since the color often develops very late in autumn, the leaves may be killed by a hard frost before full color can develop.

Edible Notes: The fruits of the Callary pear are not considered edible for humans.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.