Pyrus calleryana Chanticleer is an ornamental, flowering pear tree with glossy, bright green foliage that appears early in the season and yet still looks fresh in autumn. When the leaves finally turn, their autumn colouring is magnificent. All of which makes Pyrus Chanticleer an outstanding subject to use for screening, avenue planting or as a structural statement. Pyrus calleryana Chanticleer trees can reach a height of up to 10 metres.
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General description of Pyrus calleryana Chanticleer trees:
Chanticleer pear trees are ideally suited to avenue and structural plantings alike. Chanticleer trees are medium sized and slender, with a tight, upright crown that has been described as holding its breath - absolutely perfect for planting in a line 3-4 metres apart. They are also well suited for planting on either side of the beginning of a path or for framing a focal point. Pyrus calleryana Chanticleer flowers in early spring, and the tree is covered in clusters of creamy white blossom which are a good source of nectar for bees when it is in short supply. The deep green leaves are glossy and pointed. When autumn comes, they colour to a purple-red that can shift to crimson or orange-yellow, depending on the soil - it is a great show and it lasts into early winter. The fruit is inconspicuous and is usually eaten by wildlife.
History & uses of Chanticleer Pear:
Pyrus Chanticleer is an exceptionally easy tree to grow with a long season of interest and leaf cover, so it is ideal for screening and roadside planting. It was bred in the USA by Mr Edward Scanlon, who used parent trees that were brought from China in the early 1900s by the collector Ernest Wilson. It has won the RHS's Award of Garden Merit.