Pyrus pyraster - Wild Pear


  • A small, rounded or conical shaped tree or large shrub, native to Central and SE Europe. The Wild Pear is suitable for almost every garden with a sunny spot. It tolerates drought and atmospheric pollution well and can even be grown in a pot in the centre of large cities. Planted out into the ground or not, it will open pure white flowers in April, followed by red or yellow, gooseberry-sized, tasty little fruits (soft and juicy when ripe). It offers a spectacular Autumn coloration when the rounded, shiny leaves turn to the shades of yellow, orange or even red. Well worth a try, fast growing but easy to shape/prune.

Other common names:  European Wild Pear
Native to:     Central and SE-Europe
Family:     Rosaceae (Rose Family)
Habit (UK conditions):  small, deciduous tree or larger shrub
Max. size in 10 years:  4m x 2m
Main value:    edible fruits, fragrant flowers
Flower colour: white
Flowering period:   April - May
Autumn coloration:   yellow-orange-red
Preferences:    wide range of soils, full sun (drought tolerant)
Hardiness:    hardy to around -15C
Is it toxic?    no
Is it edible?    yes, fruits are edible raw or processed


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