Dusky Pear – Pyrus phaeocarpa

Dusky Pear – Pyrus phaeocarpa
Family Rosaceae – Rose Family; Fruit Trees

Dusky pear is native to China; cultivation of pear extends to remote antiquity

Custom Search

Dusky Pear in bloom

This dusky pear was planted in 1936 (73 years old at this photo)

Dusky pear is native to China – commonly found on slopes in mixed hardwood forests of the Loess Plateau, between 100-1200m, in Gansu, Hebei, Shaanxi, Shandong, Shanxi, Xinjiang. Chinese common name: he li. [1] Dusky pear's chief economic importance comes from its use as stock for grafting other pear cultivars. [2]

Trees to 8 m tall. Branchlets purplish red when young, purplish brown when old, terete, white tomentose when young, glabrous when old, sparsely pale lenticellate; buds narrowly ovoid, apex obtuse; scales tomentose at margin… more at Flora of China. [2]

Dusky pear blossoms

  1. USDA, ARS, NGRP, Germplasm Resources Information Network – Pyrus × phaeocarpa Rehder
  2. Flora of China, Pyrus phaeocarpa Rehder, Proc. Amer. Acad. Arts. 50: 235. 1915
  3. Dusky Pear, Morton Arboretum accession 885-36-1 photos © Bruce Marlin
Tree Encyclopedia / North American Insects & Spiders is dedicated to providing scientific and educational resources for our users through use of large images and macro photographs of flora and fauna.

Family Rosaceae – Rose Family; Fruit Trees
Containing Hawthorns, Apples, Pears, Cherries, Plums, Peach, Almond, Mountain-Ash and Whitebeam. Rosaceae is a large family of plants with about 3,000 species in ~100 genera. Crabapple and other fruit trees provide some of our most outstanding flowering ornamentals, as well as food for birds and other wildlife.
Tree Encyclopedia | Tree Index | Fruit Tree Index