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Capital Flowering Pear

Pyrus calleryana 'Capital'

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.
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Full sun

Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.


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Botanical PronunciationPY-rus kal-er-ee-AY-na
LoreAs members of the Rose family, flowering pears can be vulnerable to fireblight but newer named cultivars less so.
Average Size at MaturityModerate grower to 35 to 45 ft. tall, 12 to 15 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeEarly spring
Design 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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Cottage, Mediterranean
Growth HabitColumnar
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseFirescaping/Firewise, Mass Planting, Very Wet Areas
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureDramatic Foliage Color, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Fall Color
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsNeeds regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
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.

Follow 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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-8

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