China and Vietnam
9m x 7m
Dense, rounded. Pyramidal when young.
Glossy, dark green rounded leaves turning to varying autumn tones of plum-red, scarlet and gold. Foliage is held on the tree well into late autumn.
White flowers to 3 cm across in early spring are pale pink in bud. One of the first ornamental pears to flower in spring.
Inedible, greenish-yellow, globose pomes up to 3 cm in diameter.
Bark / Trunk:
The young branches are purplish-brown.
Vigour / Longevity:
Hardy, moderate to fast growth.
Full sun, Has been observed to produce stunning autumn colour in some of the cool temperate areas of Australia.
Adaptable to a variety of conditions including moderate drought, air pollution and exposure. May struggle in very warm regions.
Soil / Drainage:
May struggle in compacted 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 well-known medium-sized tree that flowers very early in spring and has bright autumn leaf colour that is held well on the branches. Useful in smaller gardens as feature trees, as well as street trees, avenue plantings, large parks and gardens.
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