Pink Wild Pear
Persdrolpeer (Afr.), Ibunda
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The Pink wild pear with its handsome, large, velvety leaves and fragrant, pretty white-to-pale-pink, cherry-eyed flowers, is known far and wide for being a very easy & adaptable small tree or shrub which adds a tropical, exotic feel to any lightly shaded garden. The multi-branching tree or shrub is ornamental not only due to its exotic flowers but also that its grapevine-shaped leaves provide foliar, tactile and textural interest to any garden - big or small. ZA Distribution: KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga.
Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring
The harvesting of seed is done with tremendous ease by simply collecting the dried flower heads, which contain the seed.
The seed can then be extracted from the flowerheads and sown in a well-drained seedling mixture in spring. The seed germinates well.
Treat semi-hardwood cuttings with rooting hormone and allow to root in well-draining soil.
Attracts useful insects
Attracts bees, butterflies or other insects.
Can be grown in a large container, given sufficient drainage holes.
Sub-tropical and Tropical
Full Sun, Full Shade, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Loam, Sand, Clay
Soil PH preference
Black rhinos reportedly eat both bark and leaves.
The pink wild pear also grows very well in light shade, which makes it ideal for planting under the canopy of other trees or against shady southern walls. This species is both easy and very fast growing. Once planted out of its nursery bag it can attain its full size in as little as three years.
Generally pest and disease free.