Pyrus - - Semi-mature and mature Pyrus calleryana 'Redspire'

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Pyrus calleryana 'Redspire' - Redspire





China and Vietnam

Plant Type:

Deciduous tree


12m x 5m

Habit/ Form:

Dense, rounded. Pyramidal when young.


The leaves emerge as red-purple and then turn a glossy green with a red tinge. The leaves turn to a yellow-orange colour for a beautiful colour in autumn. Foliage is held on the tree well into late autumn.


The thornless tree is covered in masses of single white flowers in spring.


Small, globose pomes brown to red in colour, attracting birds and other wildlife. The fruits are quite persistent and may hang for up to a year.

Bark / Trunk:

The young branches are brown.

Vigour / Longevity:

Hardy, moderate to fast growth.

Environmental Requirements:

Full sun, Has been observed to produce stunning autumn colour in some of the cool temperate areas of Australia.


Adaptable to a variety of conditions including moderate drought, air pollution and exposure.

Soil / Drainage:

Well drained soil, however it will tolerate most soils.


May require regular formative pruning for strong limb, trunk and crown structure.


Best growth and flowering on moist soils, provide extra water in dry summers.


Fertilise with a complete fertiliser after flowering.

Pests / Diseases:

Borer, scale and aphid


A well-known medium-sized tree that flowers very early in spring and has bright autumn leaf colour that is held well on the branches. Useful in smaller gardens with restricted width as feature trees, as well as street trees, avenue plantings, large parks and gardens.



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