Serrulate Pear Pyrus serrulata

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Botanical Name:

Pyrus serrulata







Common Name:

Serrulate Pear

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  • Pyrus serrulata

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Growing Info, follow in order:
Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours.
Stratification: cold stratify for 60 days.
Germination: sow seed 1/16" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed.
Resembles P. pyrifolia with smaller leaves and flowers; 3/4" fruit; native to China

Pyrus serrulata is a deciduous Tree growing to 10 m (32ft 10in).
It is hardy to zone 6. It is in flower in May, and the seeds ripen from Sep to October. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.

Prefers a good well-drained loam in full sun. Grows well in heavy clay soils. Tolerates light shade but does not fruit so well in such a position. Tolerates atmospheric pollution, excessive moisture and a range of soil types if they are moderately fertile. Established plants are drought tolerant. Plants are hardy to at least -15°c. A very ornamental tree. This species is closely related to P. serotina, differing mainly in having smaller fruit.

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Height: 5 - 10 m
Crown: round to broad oval
Bark and branches: bark dark greyish brown, twigs have woolly hair
Leaf: broad elliptical to elongated oval, velvety grey, later green, 5 - 10 cm
Flower: in umbels, white, Ø approx. 2.5 cm, April/May
Fruits: practically round, brown with lighter lenticels, Ø approx. 10 cm
Application: parks and gardens
Soil type: places little demands
Wind resistance: good
Origin: China
Winter hardiness zone: 6
Synonym: -

Native to China and rarely cultivated here. This is an ornamental pear with a vertical manner of growth and a round to broad oval crown. The trunk is dark greyish brown and young twigs have woolly hair. The broad elliptical to elongated oval leaves taper to a point, are approx. 5 - 10 cm big and have a finely serrated edge. Young leaves have velvety grey hair but later become bare and turn dark green. Flowers grow in umbels and appear in April/May. They are white and have a diameter of approx. 2.5 cm. Large, brown fruit shaped like apples follow after flowering. These have lighter lenticels and remain on the tree until January. Suitable for parks and gardens. Tolerates paving. Because of its small volume Pyrus serrulata can be easily planted in small gardens. The fruit often remain on the tree until deep into the winter.

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