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Chanticleer PearPyrus calleryana 'Chanticleer'

  • Northern Red Oak - Quercus rubra
  • Chanticleer Pear
  • Chanticleer Pear
  • Chanticleer Pear
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.

Hardiness Zones

The chanticleer pear can be expected to grow in Hardiness Zones 5–8. View Map

Tree Type

This tree is considered both a flowering tree and an ornamental tree. It is typically planted for both its visual interest and profusion of spring flowers.

Mature Size

The Chanticleer pear grows to a height of 25–35' and a spread of 16–25' at maturity.

Growth Speed Medium to Fast Growth Rate

This tree grows at a medium to fast rate, with height increases of anywhere from 13" to more than 24" per year.

Sun Preference

Full sun is the ideal condition for this tree, meaning it should get at least six hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day.

Soil Preference

The Chanticleer pear grows in acidic, alkaline, loamy, moist, rich, sandy, silty loam, well-drained and clay soils. While it prefers moist soil, this tree has some drought tolerance.


This tree:
  • Blooms in April and May, producing 1" white flowers in clusters.
  • Produces virtually no littler, making it a good street tree.
  • Develops hard, dense wood that is used in high-quality furniture.
  • Features simple, ovate leaves that are lustrous dark green in the summer, turning orange or gold-red to red-purple in the fall.
  • Yields hard, pea-sized to ½" fruit that is brownish or russet-colored and persists into the winter.
  • Grows in an oval, pyramidal, upright or erect shape.

Wildlife Value

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' and 'Stone Hill'. This thornless cultivar of the Callery pear was introduced in 1965. The species is native to China and Korea.