Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Pyrus calleryana - Ornamental Pear

Pyrus calleryana: Pyrus, Latin for 'pear'; calleryana, named for J. Callery, a French missionary in China who collected this tree and brought it to the west

More upright in form than Pyrus kawakamii.

Commonly used as a street tree in New York.

Leaves less susceptible to leaf spot than P. kawakamii. Bark on stems tends to be a glossy reddish-brown.

Inedible fruit looks like a miniature pear.


  1. I don't know where to put this so..

    I really, really like this blog. A lot. I can look at it forever--longer than the sartorialist. :)

  2. I was told by the older folks around here that you can eat the fruit?

  3. The fruit are a couple of inches in diameter, average. They resemble apples, since they're roundish. The color is brownish-green. They are hard and dense, like quince, so you can't really just gnaw on them. Also, they're not especially sweet.

    But, if you get them as they're about to fall, in October, you can slice them into chunks and add them to smoothie recipes. In flavor, they're very much like any pear.