Evergreen Pear

Pyrus kawakamii

Pyrus kawakamii (Evergreen Pear) - full view

Full view

Pyrus kawakamii (Evergreen Pear) - leaves

Foliage view

Pyrus kawakamii (Evergreen Pear) - bark

Bark detail

  • Size:

    Height: 15-30'; Spread: 15-30'

  • Growth:

    Moderate

  • Character:

    Evergreen; irregular, weeping form; moderate canopy.

  • Foliage:

    Dark green, glossy, oval leaves 2-4" long. New foliage has a reddish tinge.

  • Flower:

    White flowers in clusters 1" across, bloom February-March.

  • Fruit:

    Hard, buff-colored fruit, 1/2" across, occasionally forms in summer, drops in fall.

  • Bark:

    Rough, charcoal gray bark.

  • Watering:

    In general, 15-20 gallons per week for the first 2 years; 15-20 gallons twice a month for the 3rd year; as needed after 3 years (varies by soil, sun, and wind conditions).

  • Tree Care:

    Moderate. Early pruning needed to train a good shape; pruning needed less frequently with age.

  • Tolerance:

    Sandy or clay soil.

  • Special Considerations:

    Prefers sun and warmth. Does not tolerate strong winds or heavy fog. Does best in warm, sunny areas. Semi-deciduous in very cold weather. Subject to fireblight and leaf spot. Leaf spot is most commonly cosmetic, but can be fatal.

  • Notable Traits:

    Native to China and Taiwan. Interesting weeping form and some spring flower display. Good tree beneath overhead wires.