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Mountain Hard Pear

Olinia emarginata

Also known as

Transvaalhardepeer, Berghardpeer (Afr.)

Full Sun
Advanced care
Frequent watering
Tender

8a-11b

USDA zone

-12°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

Max

4m

Min

2m

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Mountain Hard Pear Overview

Olinia emarginata is commonly known as Mountain Hard Pear. It is a small to medium-sized, single- or multi-stemmed evergreen tree from the Penaeaceae family. It produces attractive pink flowers and red berries, which makes for an attractive garden ornamental. It is however very difficult to propagate. This is a common feature plant. ZA Distribution: Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal.

Common problems with Mountain Hard Pear

Generally problem free.

    How to harvest Mountain Hard Pear

    Generally not harvested.

    How to propagate Mountain Hard Pear

    Layering

    Air layering is the best way to propagate this species.

    Seed

    Seed can be sown in a 1:1 mixture of river sand and compost. Germination is erratic and can take up to nine months. Do not allow the mixture to dry out at any stage.

    Special features of Mountain Hard Pear

    Attracts birds

    The berries attract birds to the garden.

    Attractive flowers

    Attracts bees

    Other uses of Mountain Hard Pear

    Bonsai

    Edible

    Roots