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Chanticleer Pear Tree Facts

Chanticleer Pear Tree

Facts on Chanticleer Pear Tree

The chanticleer pear tree is categorized as an upright pyramidal ornamental pear tree. The tree is well known for its easy maintenance and high tolerance for cold weather. It isn’t very large nor is the fruit that it bears, making it an ideal addition to your yard. Moreover, the spring and fall foliage and flowers produce stunning colors that add to a yard’s vibrancy.

Chanticleer pear tree is an ornamental pear tree that originated in China. It is also called the “Select” or “Cleveland Select” ornamental pear. It is smaller than other ornamental pear species, and fits easily in medium and large yards or gardens.

Tree Type

This tree is considered both a flowering tree and an ornamental tree. It is typically planted for both its visual interest and profusion of spring flowers.

Growth Rate

This tree grows at a medium to fast rate, with height increases of anywhere from 13″ to more than 24″ per year.


Typically, the chanticleer pear tree has a dark, glossy green foliage in summer months that transforms to a bright purplish red during the fall months, just before the leaves wilt. The leaves are generally 3.5 to 7.5 centimeters in size and are described as simple ovate to broad-ovate. The bark is a vivacious brown during the plant’s youth and develops a gritty look as it matures. Mature trees also develop large lenticles, pores that help in the exchange of gasses from within the tree and the atmosphere.


After the Chanticleer pear tree flowers in the spring, the tree produces small, round fruit. Chanticleer pear fruit is nothing like a pear you would find in the grocery store — it is about the size of a pea. It is edible, although the extreme bitter flavor makes it rather distasteful to most. The fruit of the Chanticleer pear tree attracts birds, and stays on the tree throughout the fall and winter. Plant a Chanticleer pear tree not for its fruit, but for its ornamental flowers and vibrant colors throughout the seasons.


This tree:

  • Blooms in April and May, producing 1″ white flowers in clusters.
  • Produces virtually no littler, making it a good street tree.
  • Develops hard, dense wood that is used in high-quality furniture.
  • Features simple, ovate leaves that are lustrous dark green in the summer, turning orange or gold-red to red-purple in the fall.
  • Yields hard, pea-sized to ½” fruit that is brownish or russet-colored and persists into the winter.
  • Grows in an oval, pyramidal, upright or erect shape.


The chanticleer pear can be planted and replanted at any stage of its life cycle because of its high adaptability. The tree thrives in full sunlight but will tolerate partial shade, and only needs pruning once a year in late winter or very early spring. Pruning includes removing the lowest branches to create head room for growth. Once the plant has established itself it requires little maintenance, apart from the removal of the occasional dead branch.

Arbor Hill Tree Farm in Omaha and Elkhorn offers the best prices on Chanticleer Pear Trees with the best warranty to boot. Give us a call today!