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Pleached Pyrus Calleryana Chanticleer - Pleached Ornamental Pear Tree
Fruit trees such as ornamental pears and apples have long been used for purposes of pleaching. In particular, the deciduous Pyrus Calleryana Chanticleer (Callery Pear or Ornamental Pear) naturally has an upright, densely branched growth habit, a most useful attribute in a pleached tree. It produces small white flowers in spring and its foliage has vibrant autumn colour. Add to this the fact that it is always early to leaf in the spring and late to drop its leaves in the autumn, more reasons why it is widely acknowledged as a good tree for pleaching.
Pyrus Calleryana Chanticleer (Ornamental Pear) Tree has rich dark green foliage in summer. An abundant flowerer, Callery pear trees will produce masses of white blossom in springtime which attracts bees and other pollinators, usually before the leaves have fully emerged. In autumn, the foliage turns a fabulous red, gold and orange. Its fruits, which are small, hard and brown coloured, are enjoyed as an early winter feast by birds, once the fruits have been softened by the first frosts.
Belonging to the Rosaceae family, deciduous Pyrus Calleryana Chanticleer is native to China and among the hardiest of pear trees. Pyrus Calleryana Chanticleer tolerates air pollution and is known for its resistance to disease, so this is a good tree to grow in urban areas. It is also salt resistant and more wind tolerant than other pear varieties and will therefore do well in coastal areas. You can plant in a full sun or partial shade position but it prefers full sun if possible.
A row of pleached trees can be used to great effect to create shaded avenues or driveways. Pleaching is also a way of growing trees in smaller, more confined urban spaces. Use them as a living screen for above the fence or an ornamental wall in the garden. Highly decorative, they will have the white blossom in early spring, green foliage in summer and lovely fiery red foliage in the autumn. Pleached trees are an excellent way of creating additional privacy over the top of a 2 metre tall fence.
These pleached ornamental pear trees are 3 metres tall with a trunk or stem height of 1.8 metres and a frame of 1.2 metres high x 1 metre wide. We would recommend planting a row of these pleached ornamental pear trees at circa 1.5 metres apart. Prune just once per year to maintain the shape.