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Pyrus nivalis - Snow Pear

Family:Rosaceae
Habit:Tree
Height:10
Synonyms:
Range:S.E. Europe to W. Asia.
Pyrus nivalis (Snow Pear) is a Tree which grows to a height of 10m . It has a hardness rating of 6and is vunerable to frost.
Snow Pear will flower in October. The flowers from this plant are hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and they are pollinated by Insects

Soil Information

Snow Pear will grow in light (sandy),medium (loamy),hard (clay) soil. It is / is important for the soil to be well drained.
The soil prefers the following PH / acid levels :
- pH of less than 6, Acidic soils
- pH between 6 and 8, Neutral soils
- pH greater than 8, Basic soils
Snow Pear prefers either dry or moist soils

Ideal Planting Locations

Snow Pear can grow in semi or areas with no shade.

Sunny slopes and dry open woods in S. Europe[50].

Planting places suited to this plant described below.

Cultivation Details

Prefers a good well-drained loam in full sun[200]. Grows well in heavy clay soils. Tolerates light shade but does not fruit so well in such a position. Tolerates atmospheric pollution, excessive moisture and a range of soil types if they are moderately fertile[200]. Established plants are drought tolerant[200]. Plants are hardy to at least -15c[200]. A very ornamental plant[1].

Edible Uses*

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Edible Rating: 2/5
Fruit - raw or cooked[177]. A sour flavour, it is usually cooked or brewed into cider or perry[183, 200]. The fruit matures late in the season and is 3 - 5cm long[200].

Medicinal Uses*

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Medicinal Rating: 0/5
None known

Propagation

Seed - best sown in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe in the autumn, it will then usually germinate in mid to late winter. Stored seed requires 8 - 10 weeks cold stratification at 1c and should be sown as early in the year as possible[200]. Temperatures over 15 - 20c induce a secondary dormancy in the seed[200]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in light shade in a cold frame or greenhouse for their first year. Plant them out in late spring or early summer of the following year.

Known Hazards

None known

Other Uses

None known

Cultivars

no recorded cultivars

References

Trees and Shrubs Hardy in Great Britain. Vol 1 - 4 and Supplement.
Bean. W.
Author: Bean. W.
Rating:
Publisher : A classic with a wealth of information on the plants, but poor on pictures.
Date of Publication : 1981

Flora Europaea
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Author: ?
Rating:
Publisher : An immense work in 6 volumes (including the index). The standard reference flora for europe, it is very terse though and with very little extra information. Not for the casual reader.
Date of Publication : 1964

The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Huxley. A.
Author: Huxley. A.
Rating:
Publisher : Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
Date of Publication : 1992

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