Pyrus betulifolia (Birch-leaved Pear) is a species of pear tree native to East Asia. It belongs to the Rosaceae family, which includes various fruit-bearing trees and shrubs.
The Birch-leaved Pear is a deciduous tree that typically grows to a height of 20 to 30 feet (6 to 9 meters) and has an upright, rounded crown. As the name suggests, its leaves resemble those of the birch tree, being ovate or elliptical with serrated edges. The foliage emerges in spring with a green color, turning yellow or reddish-orange in autumn, providing attractive fall colors.
In terms of flowers, Birch-leaved Pear produces small clusters of white or creamy-white blossoms in early spring, adding to its ornamental value. The flowers are followed by small, pear-shaped fruits that are typically green or yellow when ripe. However, it's important to note that the fruits of Birch-leaved Pear are not typically consumed by humans due to their gritty texture and astringent taste.
Birch-leaved Pear is often planted as an ornamental tree in gardens and parks due to its attractive foliage, spring blossoms, and fall colors. It is valued for its ability to tolerate a range of soil conditions and its overall hardiness.
Botanical Name : Pyrus betulifolia
Common Name : Birch-leaved Pear
Height : 20- 30 ft
Spread : 10- 20 ft
Germination Info : Seed requires 60 days cold moist stratification
Hardiness zone : 5-8
Average seed per ounce : Approx. 2000