All about the Aristocrat Pear
The aristocrat pear is a type of callery pear tree which is an ornamental tree used for landscaping and it does not produce pears. It is a cultivar which is supposed to be much less apt to have storm and wind damage than its predecessor, the Bradford pear tree. The Bradford pear was one of the most popular ornamental trees of all time until it started to display its propensity to crash to the ground during wind or snow storms.
The Bradford pear was loved for its wonderfully cheerful white flowers in the spring, its compact size, lack of pests, and nice fall colors. The tree became the perfect choice for both urban and suburban areas. You can find the tree decorating parking lots, driveways and front and backyards across the United States, and especially in states like Florida and Texas. Today the Bradford pear is banned by law in many cities and towns. Once the tree reaches it full adult size in fifteen to twenty years, it starts to become so fragile that limbs break off easily.
Many cultivars have been grown to find a “fix” for the faults of the Bradford pear tree. Most of these have also failed. The aristocrat pear tree is a new attempt at growing a cultivar that builds on the positive aspects of the Bradford pear tree and corrects its faults. So far, the aristocrat pear is described by most people as one of the best callery pear trees produced yet.
The aristocrat pear grows to be anywhere from thirty-five to forty-five feet high and thirty to thirty-five feet wide. It has thorn-less branches which are widely-spaced. Because it was cultivated especially to have less severe branch angles than the Bradford pear, the branches have a much better trunk attachment and they grow at a much slower pace. The aristocrat still produces an abundance of early spring white flowers. These flowers are often described as having a very unpleasant smell.
The leaves of the tree start out as reddish or purplish, but then they turn a nice, glossy green for all of the summer. One of the characteristics most people love is the fact they will turn a brilliant red or orange-red in the fall just in time for fall foliage. The aristocrat pear will produce a very small fruit which is about the size of a pea. The fruit attracts birds and other wildlife who are happy to feast upon it.
Even if you are pleased to attract birds to your yard, as many people are, there can be a problem with the fruit of the aristocrat pear tree. That’s because the birds carry it with them and drop it onto the ground wherever they fly. That means that new callery pear trees are suddenly growing in naturally forested areas and along roadways where they are not wanted. In many areas, the Bradford pear spread so far from its original locations that it was considered an invasive plant by many.
Although the aristocrat has not been in existence long enough to develop many of the problems of the Bradford pear tree, the small fruit can be spread by birds and new trees grow from the discarded seeds. While some people, especially those who had problems with Bradford pears, complain about any callery pear cultivar being grown, the aristocrat is still a good answer for some places, such as cities where no other trees will grow because of the environment and pollution. While still not perfect, the aristocrat pear certainly does better with less limb breakage than similar trees.