China and Vietnam
8m x 6m
Rounded, small tree.
Glossy green leaves with purple veins, turning to orange-red-purple hues in autumn.
Numerous white flowers.
Russet coloured globose fruits. Inedible.
Bark / Trunk:
Reddish-brown and lightly furrowed with white, elongated lenticels. Smooth when young.
Vigour / Longevity:
Hardy, moderate to fast growth.
Full sun to park shade. Has been observed to produce stunning autumn colour in some of the cool temperate areas of 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 lovely ornamental pear that has a good spring floral display and attractive mid-green summer foliage that changes to reds and purples in autumn. Useful in smaller gardens as feature and shade trees. Street trees, avenue plantings, large parks and gardens.
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