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Chanticleer ornamental pears

Pyrus calleryana
  • Flowering month: March
  • Flowering month: April
  • Blossom colour: White
  • Awards: RHS AGM (former) 2002
Chanticleer is an attractive ornamental pear, grown for its spring blossom and autumn leaf colours.

Chanticleer ornamental pears for sale

Pot-grown

All pot-grown trees are suitable for planting out in the garden, some are suitable for growing in containers.

  • PG12-year 12L pot-grown tree Semi-vigorous rootstock £71.50
    Large tree (3m-5m after 10 years)

Bare-root

  • BR11-year bare-root tree Semi-vigorous rootstock £46.50
    Large tree (3m-5m after 10 years)
Pre-ordering

You can pre-order now, deliveries start in September.

Delivery charges

Delivery for a single tree starts at £9.95. It is calculated when you add trees to your basket, based on your postcode.

Chanticleer is one of the best ornamental flowering pears. It begins to flower quite early in the spring when there is not much else around - the white flowers are large and stand out clearly because they appear ahead of the leaves. In autumn the leaves take on fiery tints - often much later than other trees.

The small pears are not really suitable for human consumption, but provide useful bird food late in the autumn.

The leaves are a glossy green over the summer, but take on fiery colours in the autumn and only fall when winter arrives.

The growth is quite compact and upright, taking little space.

How to grow

Chanticleer will grow reliably in almost any soil conditions - acidity and drainage or drought rarely seem to bother it, nor does atmospheric pollution. It also has some resistance to fireblight, which can affect pears.

The blossom is very attractive and profuse, but is not capable of pollinating fruiting pears.

The best autumn colour is achieved in areas with drier climates.

Our Chanticleer trees are grafted on a vigorous rootstock and will eventually become quite large, up to 6m or so - but they are quite slow-growing.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

History

The species Pyrus calleryana is native to central China, and was introduced to the UK and USA in the early 20th century.

Chanticleer characteristics

Growing

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climatesMild damp climatesWarm climates

Using

  • Food usesNot suitable for humans

Problems

  • Disease resistanceGood

Identification

  • Country of originChina
  • Period of origin1850 - 1899
  • Flowering monthMarchApril
  • Blossom colourWhite
  • AwardsRHS AGM (former)