Pyrus communis
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Pyrus communis

European pear

  family rosaceae 
  genus pyrus 

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Genus  Pyrus Species  communis Variety  Cultivar  Common names  European pear Family  ROSACEAE Specimen number  S13840 Data source  Allergy p265;ColorNat p22;UnFruit pp197
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Woody perennial Life span  5 - 20 years Annual cycle  Deciduous Stature  Tree Growth form  Various Growth habit  Ascending Overall height    Overall spread   
Sunshine  Various Water  Various Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Various USDA hardiness  Not classified AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  no Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  The leaves of Pyrus communis have been used in traditional fabric dyeing. Yellow is the most typical color produced by European pear. It is traditionally used to dye wool. (Alum is typically used as a mordant to fix the colors.)
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen  Light Hay fever season  Mar 01 - May 31 Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  It is the classic pear with a sweet juicy buttery flavor. Pyrus communis if frequently used in sweets. European pear is most frequently used fresh. This is a light producer of pollen but should cause problems to only the most sensitive hay fever sufferers. March to May is the usual season for causing hay-fever problems.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Leaves Dye color  yellow
Propagule  Various Pollination method  Cross pollination Planting style  Orchard Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period  Aug 01 - Nov 30 Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  yes Culinary uses  Fresh   Sweets Nutritional value  Edible parts  Fruit Description of edible parts Flavor / texture  the classic pear with a sweet juicy buttery flavor
Horticulture notes  In order to produce fruit Pyrus communis needs to be cross-pollinated. Harvesting can begin in August and continue through November. European pear is a cultivated crop.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Pyrus communis is a woody perennial. European pear is deciduous in nature.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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