Evergreen, Trees, Semi-evergreen
Ornamental pears are grown for their profuse late-winter or early-spring show of white flowers and their lustrous leaves. Not at their best in shallow soils, they’re otherwise unfussy, even growing well in heavy clay. Most are subject to fireblight. Fruiting pears are described under Pear, Asian and Pear, European.Pyrus kawakamii
From Taiwan. Grows to 15–30 ft. tall 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 parts of its range. Very susceptible to fireblight.
The original is probably a cross between L. dentata and L. angustifolia, occurring w...
South African native forms a clump 3–5 in. high, slowly spreading to 15–18 in. wide. Spiky...
Native mostly to Southern California. Broader, more leathery leaves than the species.