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Scientific Name: Pyrus communis
Pronunciation: PYE-rus kum-YOU-niss
Common Name: European pear, common pear
Family Name: Rosaceae
Plant Type: Tree - deciduous
Key ID Features: Leaves elliptic, ovate, serrated; bark is grey-brown/flat ridges at the top, red-brown branches. Winter ID: buds scaly, slightly tomentose, acute.
Course(s): HORT 1155

Habit: Upright
Form: Columnar, Oval - vertical
Texture: Medium
Mature Size:
Height:10 - 15m
Spread:7 - 10m
Growth Rate:Fast
Origin: Europe, South Asia / India
Hardiness Rating: Zone 4: (-34 to -29 C)
Exposure: Full sun
Soil/ Growing Medium: Humus rich, Well-drained
Water Use: Moderate
Landscape Uses: Attract beneficial insects, Dried flower or fruit, Shade tree, Specimen plant, Urban agriculture
Additional Info: Google. Cultivars on campus include P. 'Bartlett'.
European pear, common pear
Leaf Morphology: Glossary
Form: Simple
Arrangement: Alternate
Texture/ Venation:
Leaf(let) Terms:
Shapes: Ovate
Apices: Acuminate
Margins: Serrulate

Inflorescence Type: Corymb
Flower Morphology:
Colour (petals): Showy, White, Pink, (Various cream colours in white and pink.)
Flower Scent: Fragrant
Flower Time at Peak: Apr, May
Additional Info: Leaves are elliptic/ ovate and serrated; bark is grey-brown, scaly with ridges; reddish-brown branches; buds are involute with imbricate scales.

Fruit Type: Pome
Fruit Colour: Green, Green-yellow, Yellow
Fruiting Time: Aug, Sep
Additional Info: Showy, Accessory tissue, Edible

Bark Morphology: Plated
Bark or Stem Colour: Grey
Leaf Bud Type: Conical (long-pointed)

Propagation: Seed, Cuttings, Grafting
Pest Susceptibility: Anthracnose, Blight or needle cast, Canker or sap rot, Diptera - true flies, Fungal leaf spot, Mites, Rust, Scale insects, Whitefly or psyllids,
(BUG) BUG garden : 155
(FEA) Field lab Equipment Area : cv. Bartlett
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