Evergreen, Trees, Semi-evergreen
Grown for their profuse late-winter or early-spring show of white flowers and their glossy, attractive leaves. Not at their best in shallow soils but otherwise unfussy about soil, even growing well in heavy clay. Most are subject to fireblight.Pyrus kawakamii
From Taiwan. To 15–30 ft. high and wide, with drooping branchlets and glossy green, oval, 2–4-in. leaves with pointed tips. Masses of flowers appear in winter and early spring, followed by small, inedible fruit. See Pear for edible varieties. Left to its own devices, this becomes a broad, sprawling shrub. Can be espaliered, but is most often grown as a single- or multitrunked tree. Semideciduous in coldest part of its range. Very susceptible to fireblight.
Native to Australia but naturalized in parts of the West and Southwest. Forms a dense, foot-high mat o...
Native to California coastsouth of San Francisco bayand to Channel Islands. Resembles A. lentiform...
Native mostly to Southern California. Broader, more leathery leaves than the species.