Pyrus calleryana 'Aristocrat'
Aristocrat® has an open, informal appearance. Its branch angles are wider than other flowering pears, thus more resistant to storm damage. It is very adaptable, can be planted in heavy clay soils, and tolerates dry and hot conditions. Leaves are deep orange-red in autumn.
A note from Lynn Payne: All flowering pears share several desirable common characteristics. They all tolerate clay soils. They differ in overall size and shape, from broadly pyramidal to small columnar. Shiny green leaves turn burgundy-red in fall. Spring brings a beautiful display of new-white flowers. The larger-growing varieties include Bradford, Autumn Blaze and Aristocrat. Columnar varieties include Chanticleer and Capital.
Type of Plant: Deciduous Ornamental Tree
Distinguishing Characteristics: Pure white flowers in spring and orange-red foliage in fall
Water Use: Low
Flower Color: White
Sun/Location: Full Sun
Approximate Height at Maturity*: 40'
Approximate Spread at Maturity*: 28'
Tree Shape: Pyramidal, with open, spreading branches
*Under average conditions in Northern New Mexico