Ornamental Pears

Ornamental pears are fast-growing deciduous trees with glossy green leaves, loved for their summer shade, spectacular autumn colors, and masses of white flowers in Spring. They come in a range of shapes and sizes to suit your landscaping requirements. Any fruit is usually small and hard.

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Uses: Feature plant, Hedging, or Screening. Suitable for Pleaching. Ideal for avenues and street planting.
Sun Requirements: Prefers a full sun position but will grow in partial shade.
Water Requirements: Water regularly until established. Once established they are drought-hardy.
Soil Requirements: Ornamental pears tolerate sandy, loamy, and clay soil but prefer moist soil with organic materials.
Fertilizing: Slow Release general-purpose fertilizer in Spring and Autumn, every 6 months.
Pruning: Not necessary, can be done to correct form.

Ornamental pears look different every season. Glossy dark green rounded leaves in Summer, turn to beautiful red, purple, and gold in Autumn. They lose their leaves over winter (except Everscreen that keeps it leaves) and in spring bloom with masses of white flowers 3cm wide. These turn into tiny fruit that is not edible. Manchurian and everscreen are perfect for pleaching and shaping.

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Many varieties are available, and their main difference is their shape. We created the Ornamental Pear Shape guide to choosing the right shape ornamental pear for your planting needs. This is an approximation of their shape and may vary depending on growing conditions, wind, etc.

Here is some more information on our favorite ornamental pear trees available at Hello Hello Plants:

Red Spire

Red Spire Pear

The Redspire Ornamental Pear tree is a medium to a tall narrow growing tree with dark green leaves turning yellow and red in Autumn. It features masses of white flowers in Spring. Has a moderate/ fast growth rate.


Capital Pears

Capital pears are the narrowest growing of all the ornamental pear trees. These pears look great used to frame entrance ways, multi-planted to create a mini pear tree forest, or used as a tall narrow screen that requires little or no maintenance. They develop a small bare trunk at the base which can be used as a feature or under-planted to create a dense leafy look in the garden. Plant in full sun to part shade in reasonably well-drained soils for optimum growth.

Everscreen Pear Trees

Everscreen Ornamental PearEverScreen pears (winter glow) are one of the only ornamental pear trees that retain their foliage during the winter months unless they are grown in very cold climates. These pears are excellent for use as hedges and screens, clip them to create a dense leafy canopy and to maintain their height and width, if left unpruned they can grow up to 6m tall and 4m wide.

Click here to read more about the Everscreen Pear.


Snow Pear

The Snow Pear is an especially hardy ornamental pear tree. It’s drought and wet condition tolerant, providing year-round interest. The leaves are paler than other ornamental pears. They look great in rows and avenues, are easy to prune, and pleach.



Cleveland Select Pears/ Chanticleer

Cleveland select pears (“brand name” Chanticleer) are medium-sized growing trees that form a very even uniform shape if left untrimmed. They are fast-growing trees that have brilliant red autumn color, deep green Summer foliage, and white Spring blossom. These trees can be used as a feature in the garden or planted as an avenue or driveway specimen.


Aristocrat Pears

Aristocrat pears are beautiful, almost perfect teardrop shape that is so neat it appears to be clipped. This tree has fantastic scarlet red hues during Autumn and puts on yet another show in spring with an abundance of brilliant white blooms followed by brown-colored fruits. This is the beauty queen of the Ornamental Pears.


Manchurian Pears

Manchurian pear trees are a larger growing broad spreading tree up to 10m high x 8m wide, these can be planted as single specimens, used as an avenue or driveway planting, or clipped to form pleached screens. These pears have brilliant red autumn foliage and glossy green foliage in Spring & Summer and they become covered with small white flowers in early Spring.


Bradford Pears

Bradford Ornamental Pear, a fast-growing – thick and glossy, dark green, heart-shaped leaves. Autumn colors are reds, oranges, purples, and yellows. Clusters of small white flowers in early spring.  Suitable as a feature tree.