Chanticleer Pear

Some Important Facts About the Chanticleer Pear Tree

The Chanticleer Pear is a variety of flowering pear tree. It was selected as Urban Tree of the Year in 2005 from a survey in City Trees magazine, the Journal of the Society of Municipal Arborists. The Chanticleer Pear is a callery pear tree, meaning it is ornamental and bears non-edible fruit. This pear tree, in fact, bears no fruit at all.

The Chanticleer Pear tree is a cultivar that was bred to replace the Bradford Pear tree. A couple of decades ago, Bradford Pears were planted all around cities throughout the United States. An ornamental tree, the Bradford Pear had full blooms of beautiful, small white flowers in spring, and equally nice purple and red foliage in the fall. The tree was extremely resistant to disease and pollution, two qualities that made it a hit in urban and suburban areas.

The problem was, that the Bradford Pear Tree had a very short lifespan for a tree, living twenty-five years tops. And, most of the trees did not make it anywhere near this number, usually succumbing early on to ice, wind, and storm damage. The Bradford Pear Trees started to break apart in storms and displayed severe damage. Next, the trees starting spreading where they were not wanted when seeds were spread by birds opening the seed pods. The tree cross-pollinated with other callery pear cultivars and soon was labeled in many states as invasive and illegal to plant.

The Chanticleer Pear tree was discovered in Cleveland, Ohio back in the 1950s. A decade and a half later it was introduced as a commercial flowering pear tree by Scanlon Nursery. They named it “Chanticleer Pear.” This variety was resistant to diseases, including blight, and could be planted in regions that stayed above twenty degrees in the winter. The tree is routinely planted along roads, on parking lot borders, and in back and front yards.

A favorite tree among landscapers, the Chanticleer Pear is getting a reputation for not splitting apart in storms, thanks to its better shape and branch structure. It grows from thirty to fifty feet high and doesn’t require much horizontal space, being twenty to thirty feet wide. The tree not only survives pollution, but also adapts to a variety of soil conditions--as well as temperatures which are hot or down to almost freezing.

Plant the Chanticleer Pear in either the fall or the spring. If planted in the fall, its roots can get a head start so the tree will be more stable the next year. If the tree is properly pruned when young it will also develop stronger limbs and not be bothered by splitting problems in wind, snow or ice storms. The Chanticleer is pleasing to the eye in all seasons, no matter which you like the most--its spring flowers, its summer shade, or the scarlet-purple-orange colors of fall.