Pyrus pyrifolia
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Pyrus pyrifolia

Chinese pear
apple pear
Asian pear
crunch pear
sand pear

  family rosaceae 
  genus pyrus 

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Genus  Pyrus Species  pyrifolia Variety  Cultivar  Common names  Chinese pear   apple pear   Asian pear   nashi   crunch pear   sand pear Family  ROSACEAE Specimen number  S10376 Data source  CrscntBlm;DyeFib p99;UnFruit pp197-207
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Woody perennial Life span  5 - 20 years Annual cycle  Deciduous Stature  Tree Growth form  Various Growth habit    Overall height    Overall spread   
Sunshine  Various Water  Various Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Various USDA hardiness  USDA zones 04a-08b AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  5 gallon Garden location  Fruit tree line Garden notes  The bark of Pyrus pyrifolia has been used in traditional fabric dyeing. Soft yellow is the most typical color produced by Chinese pear (also known as Asian pear, crunch pear, sand pear and apple pear). Pyrus pyrifolia is known as nashi in Japanese. This plant can survive very cold winters with annual averages as low as -30� Fahrenheit. It needs a bit of a cold spell with temperatures below 15� Fahrenheit to do its best.
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    Hay fever season    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 crisp and tart like an apple but with a sweet pear flavor. Pyrus pyrifolia is typically used in sweets. Chinese pear (sometimes called Asian pear, crunch pear, sand pear and apple pear) is most commonly used fresh.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Bark Dye color  soft yellow
Propagule  Various Pollination method  Cross pollination Planting style  Orchard Crop spacing  10' - 15' 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  crisp and tart like an apple but with a sweet pear flavor
Horticulture notes  Pyrus pyrifolia requires cross-pollination in order to bear fruit. Typical crop spacing is 10'. Produce is ready from August through November.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Pyrus pyrifolia is a woody perennial. Chinese pear (locally known in some parts as Asian pear, crunch pear, sand pear and apple pear) is deciduous in nature.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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