The ancestor of the fruiting pear, the Wild Pear is an attractive columnar tree, with plentiful white blossom in early spring and good autumn leaf colour. Although often cited as a native British tree, it is thought to have originated in China, but has been grown in here for thousands of years. An excellent wildlife plant.
Site and soil
The Wild Pear will do well on most soils, in full sun or part shade.
Height and spread
After 10 years: 5m x 2m After 20 years: 9 x 4.6m
Leaf and bark
The leaves are oval, glossy and dark green up to 10cm in length. They turn beautiful shades of gold and orange before leaf-fall in autumn. The bark is greyish-brown, cracked into irregular squares. Sometimes the stems bear a few thorns.
Flower, seed and fruit
The large five-petalled white flowers are borne in huge quantities in spring – a beautiful sight. They are followed by small, edible fruits, which can be pear-shaped or more spherical.
Woodland, woodland edges, hedges, specimen tree. The wood is used for making musical instruments, wood-turning and veneers. The fruits can be eaten raw (when sweet enough) or made into jams and jellies.
An excellent tree for wildlife. Bees and other insects are attracted to the blossom in spring, and birds and small mammals eat the fruits in autumn. The Wild Pear is also favoured by mistletoe as a host tree.
The main reasons for buying protection is to protect the plants against:
When it comes to deciding what protection to choose the golden rule is to choose the product dependent on which pest you are protecting against. The below will help you in deciding what height of protection you will need.
Vole, Mice 20cm
Roe Deer, Muntjac 1.20m
Fallow Deer 1.50m
Pest & Minimum Protection Height
Protection Type Where more than one size is listed, the wider diameter protection is recommended for taller, bushier plants.
Support Required Taller support is recommended for use in sandier, lighter soils and wider/stronger support should be used at exposed sites.