Cleveland Pear

Pyrus calleryana
Cleveland Select

For those spaces that need a formal look, you might want to add the beautiful Cleveland pear (Pyrus calleryana ‘Cleveland Select) to your outdoor spaces. This fast-growing ornamental tree graces your landscape with its tight shape and gorgeous white flowers. The Cleveland pear will lend a stylish flair to your home or business throughout the year.

Cleveland Pear Attributes

The Cleveland Pear is a cultivar of the Bradford pear tree. In some areas, it is called Glen’s Form or Stone Hill pear. After the long winter, these trees are a welcome addition to your landscape. In the spring, the Cleveland pear will be one of the first flowering trees to bloom. When the weather starts to warm up, you can expect an explosion of pure-white flowers throughout your yard. The spectacular flower display lasts throughout the spring. You can find the small flowers clustered near the branch tips. This tree is a showstopper as the white blossoms completely envelop the tree during this season. Along with the brilliant blooms, the Cleveland pear presents a sweet-smelling scent that is sure to delight you and your visitors.

The Cleveland pear is also known for its dark green leaves. Every leaf looks as if it was dipped in fresh wax. In the summer, these oval-shaped leaves provide the perfect contrast to that grayish-brown bark. By late fall, those gorgeous green leaves transform into hues of red-orange and purple. The Cleveland pear will be one of the brightest ornamental trees in your landscape.

Cleveland Pear




  • Plant type: Tree
  • Needs: Water regularly – weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • Botanical Pronunciation: PY-rus kal-er-ee-AY-na
  • Deciduous/evergreen: Deciduous
  • Growth rate: Moderate
  • Average landscape size: Moderate growing; reaches 40 ft. tall, 15 to 20 ft. wide.
  • Special features: Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Fall Color, Year-round Interest
  • Foliage color: Dark Green
  • Blooms: Early spring
  • Flower color: White
  • Flower attributes: Showy Flowers
  • Garden style: Asian/Zen, Contemporary, Cottage
  • Design Ideas: Flowering Pear grows up more than it grows out, it works well in narrow spots or as a street tree. Its white spring flowers and warm fall hues make it a fine specimen
  • Companion Plants: Shrub Rose (Rosa); Butterfly Bush (Buddleja); Daylily (Hemerocallis); Bee Balm (Monarda); Lavender (Lavandula)

Cleveland Pear Landscape Uses

With this ornamental tree, you can enjoy its year-long appeal. The Cleveland pear has a classic pyramidal form, and there is no need to prune it to achieve a spectacular profile. Since this columnar tree grows upright, it can be perfectly placed in those narrow spots. The Cleveland pear is an excellent addition along a sidewalk or near a street.

This beautiful specimen tree can make its home in your front yard. In some spaces, you may want to use it as an anchor for your landscape. For a dramatic welcome, you might consider planting one or two Cleveland pears near your front entrance. With its beautiful shape and seasonal colors, this tree will be a welcome sight for your visitors.

These trees can grow into each other to create a perfect privacy screen. The Cleveland pears are fast growers. For that reason, you can expect to be delighted by their colors and flowers in less time than other ornamental trees. In almost no time, you can enjoy the brilliant spring flowers and colorful fall foliage of the Cleveland pear tree.

Cleveland Pear Care Tips

The Cleveland pear will thrive in almost any type of soil. This tree works well in USDA zones 5 to 8. For those areas with pollution or heat, this ornamental tree provides great results. This pear can even resist damage from ice, wind, and snow. If you are looking for a tree with no maintenance, this might be the right choice. However, some extra care will be needed for the first year. To help those newly planted trees establish in your yard, make sure they receive plenty of water.

While the Cleveland pear does not usually produce fruit, pollination is possible if you plant near other trees. If this happens with your Cleveland pear, you can expect birds to enjoy the fruits in the winter and spring.

After the Cleveland pear has flowered, you should prune it. You want to prune out those secondary leaders for a better shape. First, you need to select your preferred leader in the dense crown. Once that is done, remove the secondary leaders from the tree. You will be left with a tree that develops into the ideal shape.

Cleveland pears need room to grow, and you should plant them about 15 feet away from the home’s foundation. For those curb plantings, plant the Cleveland pear about 8 feet away from the edge of the sidewalk. All this space will give your tree plenty of room to grow and develop.

Choose the Cleveland Pear for Your Landscape

Pyrus calleryana

This flowering pear is a versatile addition to your outdoor space. You will love the minimal maintenance, beautiful year-round colors, and hardy nature. If you are looking for the perfect ornamental landscape tree, the Cleveland pear is an exceptional choice.

At Arbor Valley Nursery, we have a large selection of trees, plants, and shrubs. Our team can help you choose the right species for your landscape. If you would love to learn more about this spectacular Cleveland pear, please fill out the contact form.

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