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What Does a Pear Tree Look Like?

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There are approximately 30 species of pear trees in the world and many more varieties, but all of them share some similar characteristics. Pears are related to apples and quinces. Pear trees thrive in temperate, coastal climates all over the world including Europe, Asia and the United States. To identify a specific species or variety of pear, consult a local guidebook or local grower.

Flowers

Pears are of the Rosaceae family and so their blossoms resemble small, wild white roses. These have five petals and are approximately 1 inch in diameter.

Formation

The blossoms grow in clusters of 4 to 10 among ovate shaped leaves. Most leaves are deep green but some species may have a silvery colored leaf. Once pollinated these may begin to produce pears.

  • There are approximately 30 species of pear trees in the world and many more varieties, but all of them share some similar characteristics.
  • Pears are of the Rosaceae family and so their blossoms resemble small, wild white roses.

Fruit

Pear fruits are tear drop in shape, with some species being shorter and rounder than others. The coloration of the fruit can be anything from a light green-yellow to a deep golden-red. Most varieties ripen during August to September.

Size

Pear trees vary in size, again depending on the species. Most are average in size and can grow to about 30 feet high if not trimmed. Others are more shrub-like in stature.

Bark

In the fall pear trees lose their leaves as they are deciduous. Going dormant helps them to endure the winter temperatures. The bark of most pear trees is smooth and silvery gray to reddish brown in color.

  • Pear fruits are tear drop in shape, with some species being shorter and rounder than others.
  • In the fall pear trees lose their leaves as they are deciduous.

Kill A Pear Tree?

Although the pear tree is an adaptable grower, some conditions are simply too hot or too cold for the pear tree. Warm winters can damage and, over time, kill a pear tree by preventing it from entering its dormant phase and leaving it weakened and open to attack from environmental and microbiological factors. Several factors in the environment are capable of killing a pear tree. Use lime to lower the pH of the soil, if necessary. Planting resistant varieties, such as Moonglow, and using fungicidal sprays can prevent infection.

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