26 Fantastic Flowering Pear Tree Varieties


Do you plan to grow ornamental pear trees in your garden? Well, you will be pleased to know that there is no shortage of flowering pear trees across the world. These trees are well-loved for their gorgeous fall foliage and stunning spring/winter blossoms. Read on to discover the best varieties of blossoming pear trees you can grow in your home garden!

Flowering Pear Trees are typically varieties or cultivars of Pyrus calleryana or Callery Pear. However, some varieties of blossoming Pear Trees fall in the Pyrus genus but are not linked to Callery Pear Trees. Even though these trees produce pear-shaped fruits, their pears are typically quite small and are best left for the wildlife.

These trees are mostly grown for their exceptional fall foliage and unrivaled white spring blossoms. These deciduous trees have dark to medium green, ovate, or heart-shaped leaves that cover their horizontal or upright-growing branches. They have a dark brown to light brown-hued bark that contrasts wonderfully well with their snow-white blooms.

However, the winning aspect of these trees has to be their stunning, multicolored fall leaves. Depending on the variety of the pear tree, you can expect to welcome a kaleidoscope of red, orange, yellow, and purple-hued autumn leaves. You can plant them as screen trees, yard specimens, and accent trees.

Ornamental pear trees are exceptionally beautiful and hardy trees. Once established, they are tolerant of drought, fire blight, verticillium wilt, and even root fungus. These trees prefer to grow in a sunlit location in well-drained, medium moist, humus-rich, fertile soils. But they can grow in a wide variety of soils.

Here are the best flowering pear trees you can grow in your garden:

1. Capital Pear

  • Pyrus calleryana ‘capital’
  • Height: 25-35 ft

Capital Pear is a thornless variety of the popular Callery Pear Tree. It features a narrow-columnar crown decked with small fruits. It features distinctively wavy, narrow-oval, dark-green leaves that develop attractive fall hues of red and purple. This tree thrives in sunlit spaces in well-drained, humusy, consistently moist loams. But t can adapt to numerous soil conditions.

2. Cleveland Select Pear

  • Pyrus calleryana ‘cleveland’
  • Height: 35 ft
Pyrus calleryana Cleveland Select
F. D. Richards Pyrus calleryana Cleveland Select

Cleveland Select is a flowering tree with a narrow, columnar crown and strong branches. It features exceptionally attractive white spring blooms. In fall, this tree features brilliant foliage that develops pretty shades of red, orange, and purple. This low-maintenance and rewarding tree thrives in full sun and well-drained, loamy, rich, slightly alkaline, consistently moist soils.

3. Winter Glow

  • Pyrus calleryana ‘winter glow’
  • Height: 40

Winter Glow is a deciduous ornamental tree with a round crown. It is grown as a screening tree in places with a temperate climate as it remains its leaves all through winter. It features glossy, dark green foliage that turns flame red in fall. It yields pink-eyed, white-hued, fragrant early spring blooms. Winter Glow prefers to grow in sunny areas in humus-rich, moist, free-draining soils.

4. Manchurian Flowering Pear

  • Pyrus ussuriensis
  • Height: 49-50 ft
Pyrus ussuriensis
Daderot Pyrus ussuriensis

Manchurian Flowering Pear is a wide-spreading, ornamental tree with a dense, rounded form. It features dark green, oval-shaped, serrate-edged leaves that turn an attractive shade of rich, dark red in fall. This tree yields white early spring blooms that are followed by small fruits. Manchurian Flowering Pear thrives in sunlit locations in free-draining, consistently moist soils.

5. Snow Pear

  • Pyrus nivalis 
  • Height: 20-30 ft
Pyrus nivalis
Tim Sheerman-Chase Pyrus nivalis

Snow Pear is a deciduous, ornamental tree with a well-balanced form and a straight trunk. It features soft, silvery green foliage that turns bright red in fall. It also grows small, white-hued, spring blooms that give way to small fruits with a mild, sour taste. This tree prefers to grow in sunny areas in humus-rich, moist, free-draining soils.

6. Callery Pear 

  • Pyrus calleryana
  • Height: 12-15 ft
Callery Pear Pyrus calleryana
Frank Richards Callery Pear (Pyrus calleryana)

Callery Pear Tree is a Taiwanese and Chinese native. It’s an upright-branching, thorny, ornamental tree with a pyramidal to columnar crown that develops an oval shape with age. It features narrow-oval, wavy-edged, glossy dark green leaves that turn bronze-red to reddish-purple in autumn. It yields an early spring profusion of creamy white, 5-petaled, fragrant blooms. It thrives in moist, well-drained, humusy soils and sunlit areas.

7. Evergreen Pear 

  • Pyrus kawakamii
  • Height: 30 ft

Evergreen Pear Tree is a popular ornamental tree with an irregular crown. It features oval-shaped, dark green, pointy-edged, glossy leaves with a smooth texture. The foliage turns orange-red in fall. This tree also produces brilliant white, fragrant, early spring blooms that give way to pea-sized fruits. Evergreen Pear thrives in sunlit areas in deep sandy or clay soils with excellent drainage and plenty of moisture.

8. Asian Pear 

  • Pyrus pyrifolia
  • Height: 30-40 ft
Pyrus pyrifolia
Puddin Tain Pyrus pyrifolia

Also known as Korean and Chinese Pear Tree, the Asian Pear Tree is a fast-growing tree with a pyramidal or rounded form. It is decked with dense green foliage that turns burgundy or red in fall. It features showy, cup-shaped early spring blooms that give way to copper-hued, round, edible fruits that you can eat as is. This tree thrives in loamy, sandy, free-draining soils and full sun.

9. Weeping Silver Pear Trees

  • Pyrus salicifolia ‘pendula’
  • Height: 15 ft
Pyrus salicifolia Pendula
Wendy Cutler Pyrus salicifolia ‘Pendula’

Weeping Silver Pear Trees is a weeping variety of willow-leaved Pear Trees. It was originally cultivated in Germany in the 1850s and has recently become popular in the US. It’s a small ornamental tree with an oval-rounded crown and weeping or pendulous branches. This tree thrives in moderately fertile, well-drained, medium moist soils and sunlit areas. Its silvery foliage and attractive early spring blooms drive year-round interest.

10. Silver Sails Pear

  • Pyrus elaeagnifolia ‘silver sails’
  • Height: 16 ft (after five to ten years)

Silver Sails Pear is named after its striking silvery-green foliage that is coated with silky hairs. It produces highly attractive, medium-sized, white blooms with red anthers. The flowers give way to small, yellow-green fruits. This drought-tolerant tree has an uptight, spreading crown. It thrives in a wide array of moist, free-draining soils and full sun.

11. Upright Silver Pear Tree

  • Pyrus elaeagnifolia kotschyana
  • Height: 16 ft

Upright Silver Pear Tree is a relatively rare and unusual Pear Tree with a slender crown. It features silver-gray leaves complemented by a proliferation of small, white blooms. Since this tree has a slender form, it can easily grow in any small-sized garden. It thrives in sunny or partially shaded locations in moist, free-draining soils.

12. Pleached Ornamental Pear 

  • Pyrus calleryana ‘chanticleer’
  • Height: 25-35 ft
Pyrus calleryana Chanticleer
Magnus Manske Pyrus calleryana ‘Chanticleer’

Also known as Stone Hill Pear, Pleached Ornamental Pear is another cultivar of Callery Pear. It’s a thornless tree with a narrow, tight, pyramidal crown decked with deciduous leaves. Some Stone Hill Pear Trees have an almost columnar form. These attractive ornamental trees thrive in sunlit spots with free-draining, moist soils.

14. Bradford Pear

  • Pyrus calleryana ‘bradford’
  • Height: 30-50 ft
Bradford Pear
Dennis Matheson Bradford Pear

Bradford Pear is another thornless ornamental tree with a pyramidal crown that grows wider with age. It’s a popularly planted tree in the US due to its beautiful form. However, Bradford Pear is a bit structurally weak and needs to grow in wind-protected, sunlit areas. It thrives in well-drained, consistently moist, humusy loams.

15. Autumn Blaze Pear

  • Pyrus calleryana ‘autumn blaze’
  • Height: 25-40 ft

Autumn Blaze Pear is a highly adaptable, resilient, and attractive tree with exceptionally brilliant fall foliage and attractive, frothy white, spring blooms. It features dark green leaves that turn crimson in autumn. It’s a less aggressive and more striking cultivar of Callery Pear. This tree thrives in full sun and free-draining, moist soils.

16. Aristocrat Pear

  • Pyrus calleryana ‘aristocrat’
  • Height: 25-35 ft
Aristocrat Pear
Warren Brown Aristocrat Pear

Aristocrat Pear is an ornamental variety of the Callery Pear Tree. It’s a thornless tree with a wide-branching, oval to pyramidal crown. You can grow it in a group or as a standalone yard specimen. It has distinctive horizontal branching. This tree thrives in well-drained, consistently moist loams and full sun. It is often used as a shade tree or a street tree.

17. Trinity Pear

  • Pyrus calleryana ‘trinity’
  • Height: 30 ft

Trinity Pear is an outstanding ornamental tree that features striking clusters of white spring blooms. The flowers give way to orange fruits. It also has glossy, heart-shaped, dark green leaves that develop a beautiful dark red shade in fall. Plant this versatile tree in a sunlit area in free-draining, moist soil.

18. Jack Ornamental Pear 

  • Pyrus calleryana ‘jaczam’
  • Height: 15 ft

Jack Ornamental Pear is a versatile, vigorous, and deciduous tree that you can grow as a yard accent or lawn tree. It produces small, yellow-green fruits and white, showy spring blooms with attractive red anthers. It also features green, slightly ovate leaves. This tree thrives in full sun and numerous free-draining soils.

19. Redspire Pear

  • Pyrus calleryana ‘redspire’
  • Height: 35-45 ft

Redspire Pear is an attractive, upward-branching, wide-spreading Callery Pear cultivar with large, showy, snow-white spring blooms that give way to small pomes. This deciduous tree features glossy green leaves with a tinge of red. The foliage turns purple, crimson, and yellow in fall. Redspire Pear thrives in full sun and numerous free-draining soils.

20. European Pear 

  • Pyrus communis 
  • Height: 25-30 ft
Pyrus communis
Andreas Rockstein Pyrus communis

European Pear is an upright branching tree with a pyramidal form. It features elliptic to ovate, serrate-edged, dark green, glossy leaves that turn red and yellow in fall. It produces fragrant, 5-petaled, creamy white blooms with an occasional pink flush. The blossoms give way to edible mid-summer fruits. European Pear thrives in free-draining, humusy, medium moist loams and sun-kissed areas.

21. Southworth Dancer Pear

  • Pyrus betulaefolia ‘southworth dancer’
  • Height: 22 ft

Southworth Dancer Pear is an ornamental tree with an ovate or pyramidal crown. It features shiny, pale green leaves with serrated margins. The foliage turns yellow in fall. This tree also features a smattering of white blossoms in spring. It thrives in full sun and a wide array of well-drained soils.

22. Burgundy Snow Pear

  • Pyrus ‘bursnozam’
  • Height:

Burgundy Snow Pear is an ornamental Pear Tree that grows best in wet, free-draining, humus-rich soils and full sun. This tree produces a profusion of white spring blooms. It features dark green, smooth, wavy-edged leaves that turn red and yellow in fall. Burgundy Snow Pear is one of the finest flowering Pear Trees.

23. Frontier Pear

  • Pyrus calleryana ‘fronzam’
  • Height: 36 ft

Frontier Pear is a brilliant, upright, ornamental tree with a dense crown. This is a durable and versatile tree that features lustrous, dark green leaves. The foliage turns plum, gold, and burgundy in fall. This tree produces clusters of 5-petaled, white spring blooms with red anthers. It thrives in full sun and a wide array of free-draining soils.

24. Valzam Valiant Pear

  • Pyrus calleryana ‘valzam valiant’
  • Height: 30 ft

Valzam Valiant Pear is a heat-tolerant and drought-tolerant tree. It features thick, glossy, dark green leaves that turn different shades of red in early autumn. This tree also grows clusters of showy, white spring blossoms. Valzam Valiant Pear grows well in full sun and a wide array of wet, free-draining, rich soils.

25. Edgedell Pear

  • Pyrus calleryana betulifolia x edgewood
  • Height: 26 ft

Edgedell Pear is a lovely ornamental tree with a lightly furrowed, reddish-brown bark and a rounded form. This tree features clusters of attractive, white spring blooms. It also has mid-green summer foliage with purple veins. The leaves turn orange, red, and purple in fall. This tree thrives in full sun and free-draining, humus-rich soils.

26. Korean Sun Pear

  • Pyrus fauriei ‘westwood’
  • Height: 13 ft

Korean Sun Pear is relatively a dwarf Pear Tree with a rounded form. You can grow it as a screening tree or a standalone yard specimen. This hardy tree features well-shaped, mid-green leaves that turn yellow, orange, and red in fall. It also produces stunning, white-hued spring blooms. This versatile tree thrives in full sun and medium moist, well-drained, rich soils.