Pyrus communis

Botanical Name: Pyrus communis

Common Name(s): Pears

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Description:

Pears prefer areas with cold winters and mild summers, although some varieties suitable for cooking can be grown in areas with mild winters. Two trees are required for cross-pollination.

 

Family: Rosaceae

Botanical Pronunciation: PYE-rus kum-YOU-niss

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Deciduous
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Frost Hardy
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Non Indigenous
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Full Sun
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Moderate Watering
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Pruning Required

Common Pests and Diseases

Codling moth; scale; fruit fly.

Flowers

Foliage

Fruit

Description:
Pick fruit when still green, pears become mealy if left to ripen on the tree. If pears come away easily when lifted and twisted they are ready to be picked. Store in a dark place at room temperature to ripen.

 


Harvest

Pick fruit when still green, pears become mealy if left to ripen on the tree. If pears come away easily when lifted and twisted they are ready to be picked. Store in a dark place at room temperature to ripen.

Maintenance

Water well during dry weather in summer. Pruning is only done when planting; tree shaping is the same as for apples.

Origin

Europe
Western Asia

 

 

Planting Instructions

Plant trees 5m apart.

Recommended Varieties

‘Beurre Bosc’, large fruit with a long neck, colours brown, ripens February/March; ‘Bon Chretien’, juicy yellow pear, ripens January; ‘le Conte’, self-fertile, round yellow fruit, ripens January; ‘Keiffer’, large bottling variety, ripens March; ‘Packham’s Triumph’, large yellow fruit excellent for eating and bottling, ripens March.

Size

5 m *

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