Because I remember when neighbours had one planted in their front yard, I could have sworn that Callery pears were among the choices in Toronto’s street tree program. However, they don’t appear on the current list.
Perhaps it’s because they have their detractors, especially of cultivars such as ‘Bradford’, disliked for its weak branches (not evident in an improved variety such as ‘Chanticleer.’) Others complain the trees are over used, which seems to be the fate of any generally trouble-free plant with multiple seasons of interest. In some areas of the continent, this Asian native has joined the list of invasive species, an important concern. I’m also not alone in finding that the spring flowers can smell like cat pee.
In the plus column, the white blooms are abundant and abundantly pretty. Afterwards, they leave ornamental (but unpalatable) reddish fruit, about the size of a cherry, amidst neat-looking glossy green leaves. The oval crown is well suited to smaller urban spaces.
But it’s at this time of year they show their stuff, with brilliantly coloured foliage that seems to linger after the other trees shut down their fall show.
So there you have the pros and cons to make an informed choice – or at least to appreciate someone else’s choice when you meet it on the street.