The Chanticleer Pear is a very good street tree because of nearly no litter. It's adaptable to many soils and tolerates pollution and salt fairly well. It has a uniform habit and has good resistance to diseases and storm damage.
'Chanticleer' pear like all Callery pear trees is shallow-rooted and will tolerate a wide range of soils including periodically dry, moist but not continually wet, clay, and alkaline. Narrower than the 'Bradford' pear and more tailored in appearance, it is a good tree where spread is limited. Multiple leaders are common, but maintains a tight branching structure and requires little pruning. It has good resistance to pollution and fireblight. It produces profuse white spring flowers followed by small, round, hard, bitter fruits. The shiny dark green summer leaves turn orange or gold red to red purple in the fall.
The flowers feed bees and other insects, and the fruits persist on the tree into winter to feed birds and other wildlife. The dense branch structure is favored by many kinds of birds for roosting in cold weather.
Chanticleer pear is also called 'Select', Cleveland Select', 'Stone Hill'. This thornless cultivar of the Callery pear was introduced in 1965. The species is native to China and Kores. Pear wood is hard and dense and is used in high-quality furniture.
This tree prefers moist, well drained soil, but has some drought resistance..
The leaves of this tree are simple, alternate, ovate, lustrous dark green in summer, orange or gold red to red purple in the fall.
White, 1" flowers in clusters.
The Chanticleer Pear blooms in April and May..
The fruit of the Chanticleer Pear is round, pea-sized to 1/2", hard, brownish to russet, persistent into winter.