common pear Rosaceae Pyrus
communis L. symbol: PYCO
|Leaf: Alternate, simple, ovate with a finely serrated margin, 1 to 4 inches in length, shiny green above, paler and dull below.
Flower: Clusters of showy white flowers (each 1/2 to 3/4 inch across) appearing before or with the leaves.
Fruit: A large edible pome (3 to 4 inches), pear-shaped.
Twig: Glossy brown to reddish brown, medium in texture, spur shoots present; terminal buds are medium in size (less than 1/4 inch), conical to dome shaped, and may be lightly hairy.
Bark: Gray-brown to reddish brown, becoming grayish brown with shallow furrows and flat-topped scaly ridges.
Form: Typically quite upright and conical with very narrow branch angles.
Looks like: Callery pear
| Additional Range Information:
Pyrus communis is planted in the USDA
hardiness zones shown above and may seed
into the landscape. See
states reporting common pear.
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson