*Redspire pear

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*Pyrus calleryana ‘Redspire’
REDSPIRE PEAR

Rosaceae
Asia

Location: map coordinates L-31 (near southwest corner of Mishoe Science Center), N 39°11'9'' W 75°32'27''

Planting history: presently unknown.

Description:
  • medium-sized deciduous tree
  • etymology: Pyrus = the Latin name; calleryana after A. Callery, French missionary, who collected the type specimen in China
  • leaves simple, alternate
  • flowers attractive; pure white, bloom in spring
  • fruits small pomes (apple-like fruits), brownish
  • tree shape narrower, and flowers larger, than the related cultivar Bradford pear (Pyrus calleryana ‘Bradford’)
  • tolerant of urban conditions
  • Pyrus calleryana is invasive; although originally self-sterile, different cultivars of Callery pear now cross-pollinate and set fertile seeds. First detected in Delaware >1946; now escaping to roadsides and fields in all 3 Delaware counties

*Non-native species (not native to Delaware). Species listed as Invasive in Delaware
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