China and Vietnam
10m x 6m
Rich, mid- to dark green leaves becoming yellow through to red in autumn.
Abundant, clear white flowers with burgundy centres are borne in corymbs in spring. This tree is among the most floriferous of the ornamental pears.
Cinnamon coloured fruit, 20 mm in diameter. Inedible.
Bark / Trunk:
Greyish-brown, lightly furrowed.
Vigour / Longevity:
Hardy, moderate to fast growth.
Full sun to park shade, they can also handle air pollution and some coastal exposure.
Good for urban areas where conditions are poor and roots have restricted growing space.
Soil / Drainage:
Adaptable to a wide range of site conditions including quite dry conditions, slightly alkaline soils, able to handle intermittently wet, heavy 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 commonly planted ornamental pear, featuring glossy, rounded leaves, a prolific floral display. Useful in smaller gardens as feature and shade trees. Street trees, avenue plantings, large parks and gardens.
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