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White Pear

Apodytes dimidiata

Also known as

Bird's-Eye Tree , Witpeer (Afr.)

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Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

9a

USDA zone

-7°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

5m

Max

6m

4m

Min

4m

3 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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

    Seed

    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

    Attracts birds

    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.

    Hedge plant

    They prune well so can be grown as dense, screening hedges.

    Other uses of White Pear

    Landscaping

    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.