China and Vietnam
11m x 6m
Narrowly conical. Dense.
Lustrous dark green leaves that turn gold, plum and burgundy in autumn.
Masses of white flowers produced in large corymbs in spring.
Inedible, Small, dull gold to russet coloured fruit.
Bark / Trunk:
Greyish-brown, lightly furrowed.
Vigour / Longevity:
Hardy, moderate to fast growth.
Full sun to park shad. Less susceptible to wind damage than many other Pyrus cultivars. Currently one of the most widely planted ornamental pears in the USA and becoming increasingly popular in Australia.
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 superb, upright ornamental pear with a dense habit and attractive foliage. Excellent for sites where lateral space is restricted, its tough disposition and aesthetic attributes combine to make for a wonderfully versatile tree. Useful in smaller gardens as feature and shade trees. Street trees, avenue plantings, large parks and gardens.
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