Common Pears are typically the source of commercial edible pears. Cultivars that are not susceptible to fireblight can be persistent at old homesteads in Texas. Unfortunately many of the most popular modern cultivars are highly susceptible to fireblight and do not make good landscape plants. The fruit can be a culinary plus, but a minus in the landscape from a maintenance standpoint. Spring flowering can be very attractive.
Plant Habit or Use:
Tree, small tree, medium tree
White, attractive en masse
Edible pears, range in shapes and sizes, mostly yellow, brown, or red at maturity.
20 ft to 30 ft
15 ft to 25 ft
Explanation of the Earth–Kind® Index breakdown
- Heat Tolerance: Low Heat Tolerance
- Water Requirements: High Water Use
- Soil Requirements: Medium Soil Requirements
- Pest Tolerance: Low Pest Resistance
- Fertility Requirements: Medium Fertility Requirements
USDA Hardiness Zones:
5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Regions that intersect these hardiness zones:
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Region A - Panhandle and High Plains• Region B - North and Central Texas• Region C - Northeast and East Texas• Region D - West Texas• Region E - Upper Rio Grande• Region F - Hill Country and Central Coast• Region G - Southeast Texas• Region H - Rio Grande Valley
Sometimes naturalized locally; some clones are among the earth's oldest cultivated plants; less susceptible to limb breakage than Pyrus calleryana.