55. Callery Pear

Known to most people as ‘Bradford Pear’ this named selection of Callery Pear was grown from Chinese seed was introduced by the U.S. Plant Introduction at Glendale, Maryland in 1963. Although ornamental and very adaptable it is now over planted, common, and becoming invasive in some areas. It is losing much of its popularity. A number of newer selections are replacing ‘Bradford’. Although a true pear, the showy white spring flowers are followed only by marble-sized inedible fruits.