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Callery Pear
Callery Pear trees at Grand Army Plaza

Callery Pear

Pyrus calleryana
Callery Pear

Since the early 1960s, cultivars of Callery Pear have been planted extensively in the New York area. The tree is fast growing and is tolerant of pollution and other extreme conditions such as de-icing salt and compaction — it actually seems to thrive under those conditions. Consequently, the Callery Pear is easily grown; you can look at thousands of them in a nursery, and they all look alike. The trees at the Pulitzer Fountain are a cultivar called Bradford. The only other Callery Pear trees are at Duke Ellington Circle and are a cultivar called Chanticleer. 

Medium-sized, can reach 60 feet, but they are much more common at 30 to 40 feet. Upright and conical with very narrow branch angles.

• Grand Army Plaza, Fifth Avenue at 59th Street
• Duke Ellington Circle, Fifth Avenue at 110th Street

Callery Pear FlowerCallery Pear Flower
A profusion of beautiful white flowers, each 1/2 to 3/4 inch in diameter, growing in clusters measuring 2 to 4 inches across, appearing before or with the leaves.
Callery Pear FruitCallery Pear Fruit
Round, brown, 1/2 inch diameter. Birds feed on the fruit extensively.
Callery Pear LeafCallery Pear Leaf
Heart-shaped, 2 to 3 inches long, with finely serrated edges. Shiny green on top, paler underneath. Beautiful fall colors of deep orange and red.
Callery Pear BarkCallery Pear Bark
Smooth with many lenticels, light brown to reddish-brown, with age becoming grayish-brown with shallow furrows and scaly ridges.

Steve Baskauf,
Matthew Brown, Central Park Conservancy
Neil Calvanese, Central Park Conservancy

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