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Callery Pear Pyrus calleryana Redspire

Description & features

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Product description

PYRUS CALLERYANA REDSPIRE – Ornamental Pear

Characteristics

This ornamental pear is a 1975 selection made at Princeton Nursery of the Bradford Pear, Pyrus Calleryana Bradford, which in the USA is so widely planted as an ornamental tree that it has become a ubiquitous in many urban and suburban communities.
It will grow to about 12m (40ft) fairly quickly with an upright tightly branched habit.

Where to grow

It is good windproof, fairly resistant to salt winds, tolerates air pollution and it resistant to diseases and fire blight.

Did you know?

Pyrus Redspire is in most respects similar to Pyrus Chanticleer in that it holds it leaves late which makes it good for screening however the autumn colour is considered to be better.


 

 

Features

Mature height
Medium - 10-15 metres
Spread
0-5 metres
Shape / habit
Pyramidal
Growth rate
Medium
Soil type
All soil types
Sun levels
Full sun
Partial shade
Difficulty / hard to grow
Medium
Evergreen / Deciduous
Deciduous
Season of interest
Autumn
Spring
Summer
Autumn colour
Orange
Red
Yellow
Leaf
Green
Foliage
Dense
Early to Leaf
Flower colour
White
Flowering type
Single
Flowering month
March
April
Uses
Screening
Parkland Tree
Garden Tree
Small garden Tree
City/Urban Sites
Country/Farmland
Used for Pleaching
Bee Friendly

Features

Mature height
Medium - 10-15 metres
Spread
0-5 metres
Shape / habit
Pyramidal
Growth rate
Medium
Soil type
All soil types
Sun levels
Full sun
Partial shade
Difficulty / hard to grow
Medium
Evergreen / Deciduous
Deciduous
Season of interest
Autumn
Spring
Summer
Autumn colour
Orange
Red
Yellow
Leaf
Green
Foliage
Dense
Early to Leaf
Flower colour
White
Flowering type
Single
Flowering month
March
April
Uses
Screening
Parkland Tree
Garden Tree
Small garden Tree
City/Urban Sites
Country/Farmland
Used for Pleaching
Bee Friendly

Aftercare

For the continued healthy growth of your trees, shrubs or hedging it is vital that you follow the advice below.

Watering

The main reason that plants die within 12 months of having been planted is lack of water.  It is essential throughout the spring and summer, to give a heavy enough watering to enable the water to penetrate right down to the deepest root level of the tree.  In hot dry spells give the equivalent of 2 bucketfuls every three days.

Weed Control

One of the most common causes of lack of water is competition from grass.  When trees are first establishing, the grass roots would be at the same level as the tree roots and are far more efficient at taking up water and thus choke the tree.  It is vital for 3 years after planting that your tree or hedge has a circle or strip one  metre wide completely free of grass.  The way to eliminate grass in order of effectiveness is:

  1. Spray off the grass with a glyphosate based weed killer such as Roundup.  Apply each year for the first 3 years.  It is best applied when the tree is dormant as it is absorbed through green leaves and kills the plant off at the roots.
  2. Firmly fit a mulch mat around the base of the tree by tucking the edges into the soil and put a thick layer of bark mulch on top of this.  This can be done after the initial spraying with glyphosate and should avoid the need for further spraying.

Mowing or strimming is NOT an answer to the problem.  Each time you mow, the grass will grow back more vigorously and strimming invariably leads to lacerated trunks.

Staking

If trees are not correctly secured they will rock in the planting pit. Roots not firmly in contact with the soil are unable to take up moisture and nutrients, resulting in die back or death of the tree.  Check, particularly after windy weather, that stakes are still solidly in the ground keeping the base of the trunk firm.  The purpose of the stakes is to anchor the roots.   Flexing in the wind, higher up the trunk, is not necessarily a problem if the roots are firm.

Bellow is list of the correct system to use to secure your trees.

  • 40/60, 60/80, 80/100 whips - Unless rabbit/deer problem no need to stake.
  • 100/125, 125/150  1.2m Cane and Easi tie.
  • 150/175  1.2m square stake and a buckle tie and spacer.
  • 175/250, 6/8, 8/10 15L 1.65 Tree stake and a buckle tie and spacer.
  • All larger trees. 2 x 1.65 Tree stake and cross rail with 38mm cushion spacer and 1m of 38mm strapping.

Ties

Always use our recommended tree ties or strapping.  These are designed and manufactured with the correct amount of give to hold the tree firm without strangling it. They should be checked at the end of each growing season for adjustment as the trunk thickens.  Non proprietary materials such as baler twine will cut into the bark and should not be used.

Protection from Animal Damage

Rabbits, deer, sheep, cattle and horses can all potentially damage trees.  Ask us for advice on the most appropriate guards for your trees or hedge.  Squirrels are also a terrible pest when trees get to about 20ft tall but there is no protection available.


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