- Wonderful Buttery White Blossoms
- Charming Columnar Shape
- Adaptable to Urban Areas
- Attracts Pollinators
Beautiful, reliable, and adaptable to many environments, it’s no wonder the Capital Flowering Pear (Pyrus calleryana ‘Capital’) has been a favorite of landscapers for years. In fact, they are so popular that you’re likely to see a couple on a walk around the block. The attractive features of this tree are evident and make it the perfect suburban tree!
Native to China and Taiwan, this upright-branched deciduous tree grows in a pyramidal shape and sprouts luscious green leaves each spring. The foliage creates a beautiful underlay for the magnificent white petaled blossoms that grow outwards from a buttery yellow center!
As an upright-branched ornamental tree, Capital tends to grow in a fairly columnar fashion with branches reaching more upwards than straight out. While it does grow small greenish-yellow fruits, they are not optimal for us to eat, making the tree more ornamental than anything. However, birds love the fruit and will visit often for a tasty snack.
Birds aren’t the only visitors you’ll see. Aside from awestruck neighbors walking buy, butterflies and hummingbirds will also frequent during the bloom season for a chance at the nectar of those cream and white blossoms!
Capital Flowering Pear can be used in a number of ways in a landscape. They make excellent street side trees or in line for a privacy screen. Its narrow shape allows it to be planted in areas that may not have the width for an outward branching tree. Plant one by itself for an asymmetrical elegance or as a pair on either side of a driveway to greet arriving guests!
Capital isn’t done showing off once spring and summer are finished. Once fall comes in full force this beauty’s leaves turn a stunning bronze-red for a third season of interest!
This specimen appreciated being planted somewhere it can bask in the sun all day long. It also does best in well drained soils and tolerates some drought once it’s established. It’s generally an easy tree to take care of as long as it is pruned a bit each winter.
Perfect for urban areas, Capital Flowering Pear is aptly named. With a menagerie of colors throughout the year starting with creamy yellow and white and ending with a fiery display of red and purple, you’ll be constantly charmed with this addition to the garden.