Pyrus kawakamii
PYE-rus kah-wah-KAHM-ee-eye

Evergreen Pear
Rosaceae (Rose family)
Origin: China and Taiwan

 

 

©Street Tree Division
City of Los Angeles - Department of Public Works
Bureau of Street Services

Species characteristics:
Form - Semievergreen. Mature trees are densely round-headed with growth to 20 - 30'. Erratic in form, may have drooping branches. Spectacular when in bloom.

Trunk - Rough, dark brown, deeply furrowed.

Foliage - Light green leaves, darkening with age are leathery, broadly oval to almost rounded, with a pointed tip. They are 2 1/4 - 4" long, 1 1/2 - 2 1/2" wide with finely toothed and wavy margins. Chill deepens the red to scarlet fall coloring.

Flowers/fruit - Heavy blooming in January to March with masses of 3/4" white flowers on terminal branches. Small oval clusters of black 3/4" fruits are seldom seen.

Significant pest problems are aphids and fireblight.

Site suitability:

Sunset zones - 8, 9, and 12 - 24.

Clearances - Suitable for 4' minimum parkways, medians or cutouts.

Good for street sides, medians, parks and lawns.

Culture considerations:
To avoid sprawling appearance, shorten framework branches to upward facing buds or branchlets. Tolerant of many soils. more than moderate summer watering when established.