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A picture of a Plymouth Pear

Plymouth Pear

Pyrus cordata

Also known as

Wild Pear, Pear

Follas Pyrus cordata, pereira brava, Xardín botánico de Culleredo by Elisardojm (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

H5

RHS hardiness

-15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

10m

Max

3m

5m

Min

1m

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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A close up of some brown Pyrus cordata fruits hanging from a tree
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Plymouth Pear Overview

Pyrus cordata is a deciduous tree species in the Rosaceae family. It is commonly known as Plymouth Pear or Wild Pear, and the flowers are unpleasantly scented, plant with care! It is not a common species, the leaves are oval to rounded in shape, with a wedge, heart or rounded base. Flowers are white-pink in colour, 5-petalled and attract flies with their unpleasant, wet carpet-like smell. Leading onto small rounded brown fruits, these are hard and woody in appearance. As the common name suggests, this plant is only found in Plymouth and Truro, it is a rare find in Britain and can be found growing wild in hedgerows. Grows best in full sun but will tolerate shade, its oten found in woodland environments, enjoying most soil.

Common problems with Plymouth Pear

How to propagate Plymouth Pear

Seed

Propagation is from seeds.

Grafting

Grafting.

Special features of Plymouth Pear

Attracts birds

Other uses of Plymouth Pear

Their habit, flowers and edible fruits (pears). Suitable for coastal conditions.