Capital Flowering Pear
Capital Flowering Pear
Pyrus calleryana 'Capital'Item #6916 USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 - 8
Handsome narrow columnar tree displays showy white blooms early in season and terrific fall foliage color. Ornamental fruit adds to winter show. An excellent garden tree for narrow spaces. Deciduous.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:PY-rus kal-er-ee-AY-naPlant type:TreeDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousGrowth habit:ColumnarGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate grower to 35 to 45 ft. tall, 12 to 15 ft. wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:Early springFlower color:WhiteFlower attributesShowy FlowersDesign IdeasUpright form makes this an exceptional city garden tree. Ideal for front of small townhouse or bungalow. Use to separate buildings and to provide some shade for outdoor living areas. Equally suited as a modest sized urban street tree with grand seasonal changes.Companion PlantsMounding shrubs such as the white-variegated Emerald Gaiety Euonymus (Euonymus fortunei 'Emerald Gaiety'), and Rose Glow Japanese Barberry (Berberis thunbergii 'Rose Glow') with rose-red foliage mae good companions, because the narrow form of the tree doesn't cast too much shade. Use a tall grass nearby, such as Morning Light Maiden Grass (Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light') for as a contrast intexture.
- CareCare InformationFollow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.Pruning time: winter.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory:Both ornamental and fruiting pears bear similar heritage in temperate regions of the Old World. The genus was named from the ancient world vernacular for fruit trees. This species was classified by French horticulturist Joseph Decaisne who named the new introduction for its discoverer, Jesuit missionary J. Callery. American horticulturist Frank N. Meyer collected new specimens in China in 1918 and seedlings were raised at the USDA Plant Introduction Station in Glenn Dale, Maryland.Lore:As members of the Rose family, flowering pears can be vulnerable to fireblight but newer named cultivars less so.