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3 years to reach maturity
This plant has a mild fragrance
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White Pear Overview
This rather small, bushy tree is an excellent choice for the home garden with non-messy fruit and roots that do not disturb foundations or paved areas. As this tree is very difficult to identify, the best identifying characteristics of Apodytes dimidiata are its petiole and young terminal branchlets which are a unique reddish colour. The white pear is a protected tree in South Africa and one of the best-known forest trees in southern Africa.
Common problems with White Pear
Generally resistant to local pests and diseases.
White Pear Companion Plants
Under-plant with shade loving plants.
How to harvest White Pear
Seeds can be harvested once ripe in winter.
How to propagate White Pear
Easily propagated but may take up to 6 months to germinate. Seeds sown in late Winter or early Spring in well-drained, enriched soil.
Special features of White Pear
Blackeyed Bulbul, Rameron Pigeon, Redwinged and Glossy Starlings, Guinea Fowl and Pied Barbets.
Attracts useful insects
Bees and butterflies attracted by the smell of their flowers.
They prune well so can be grown as dense, screening hedges.
Other uses of White Pear
This is a nice shade tree to be planted in areas next to the swimming pool. The root system will not lift up paving and foundations. The fruits are not fleshy and therefore cause no mess on paved areas.