Pyrus communis L.
common pear
Rosaceae (Rose family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants


© Virginia Skilton     (Photo ID #87145)


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Distribution of Pyrus communis
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This is a small deciduous species of tree or shrub that is introduced from Europe and is found occasionally in southwestern BC.

Species Information

Large shrub to tree, 5-15 m tall; branches sometimes with thorn-like leaf-spurs, the twigs and buds becoming smooth; bark fissured, scaly.
Alternate, deciduous, elliptic to egg-shaped, 5-10 cm long, finely blunt-toothed to nearly entire, abruptly short-pointed at the tip, hairy when young, becoming smooth.
Inflorescence a short umbel-like cluster, on a lateral branchlet, of 4 to 12 long-stalked flowers; corollas white, bowl-shaped, the petals 5, egg-shaped to circular, 10-15 mm long; calyces 5-lobed, the lobes triangular, 5 mm long; ovaries inferior; stamens 20-30.
Fleshy pomes (pears), pear- to globe-shaped, 2-4 cm or more long (much larger in cultivated forms), 2-5 chambered, the calyx-lobes persisting, the flesh with grit cells.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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USDA Species Characteristics

Flower Colour:
Blooming Period:
Early Spring
Fruit/Seed characteristics:
Colour: Yellow
Present over the Summer
Source:  The USDA

Habitat and Range

Mesic to moist waste places, fields and open forests of the lowland zone; rare in SW BC; introduced from Europe.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia