Pyrus calleryana Chanticleer

  • Flowering month: March
  • Flowering month: April
  • Flower colour: White
  • Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft

Chanticleer is one of the best ornamental flowering pears. It begins to flower quite early in the spring when there is not much else around - the white flowers are large and stand out clearly because they appear ahead of the leaves. In autumn the leaves take on fiery tints - often much later than other trees.

The small pears are not really suitable for human consumption, but provide useful bird food late in the autumn.

The leaves are a glossy green over the summer, but take on fiery colours in the autumn and only fall when winter arrives.

The growth is quite compact and upright, taking little space.

The species Pyrus calleryana is native to central China, and was introduced to the UK and USA in the early 20th century.

Chanticleer trees for sale

Height in 10 years
Price inc. VAT
1-year Chanticleer tree - bare root
4m-7m tall after 10 years
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2-year Chanticleer tree - in a 12L pot
4m-7m tall after 10 years
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What will it look like?

Illustrative example of a pot-grown tree of this variety as supplied. (Approx. girth: 6/8). Trees should reach their mature height after about 10 or more years.

Pyrus Chanticleer flowering pear tree

We may also have 1-year bare-root trees of this variety - they are not shown here.

Leaves may not be present during winter, and we may prune some shoots to fit the delivery carton. Size may vary during the season and between batches. The container (if supplied) is only used for transporting the tree, which should then be planted out in the garden or in a much larger patio planter (not all species are suitable for patio planting).

How to grow

Chanticleer will grow reliably in almost any soil conditions - acidity and drainage or drought rarely seem to bother it, nor does atmospheric pollution. It also has some resistance to fireblight, which can affect pears.

The blossom is very attractive and profuse, but is not capable of pollinating fruiting pears.

The best autumn colour is achieved in areas with drier climates.

Our Chanticleer trees are grafted on a vigorous rootstock and will eventually become quite large, up to 6m or so - but they are quite slow-growing.

Chanticleer characteristics


  • Attractive features: Attractive flowers Autumn foliage colour
  • Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • Growth habit: Upright
  • Growth rate: Slow
  • Vigour: Average vigour
  • Site conditions: Occasional flooding Occasional drought Free-draining site Air pollution
  • Sunlight: Prefers full sun
  • Useful for: Small spaces Street / amenity
  • Blossom duration: Average (2-3 weeks)
  • Pruning: Light prune
  • Disease resistance: Good
  • Gardening skill: Average


  • Country of origin: China
  • Flowering month: March April
  • Flowering season: Early
  • Flower colour: White
  • Flower size: Medium
  • Leaf/Flower sequence: Flowers appear first
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Leaf colour - autumn: Multiple tints
  • Fruit size: Small
  • Annual cycle: Deciduous


  • Wildlife: Attractive to birds
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